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String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 (American) for Wind Quintet

The New York Woodwind Quintet Library Series

By Antonin Dvorak

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The New York Woodwind Quintet Library Series. Composed by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Edited by Charles Neidich. Arranged by George Barrere and Samuel Baron. Southern Music. Classical. Southern Music Company #SU781. Published by Southern Music Company (HL.124645).

Item Number: HL.124645

ISBN 1581061706. 9x12 inches.

Antonin\|Dvorak composed\|the quartet in F Major, op. 96 The American; in the summer of 1893 during his\|summer vacation in Spillvale, Iowa. From 1892-1895, Dvorak served as director of the National Conservatory of Music in NYC. He had been interested in American\|Music; and felt that Native American and Afro-American music could inspire an\|American Music; distinct from European influences. He was inspired by (Henry\|Thacker) Harry Burleigh, his student in New York and one of the first\|Afro-American composers.

While it is\|impossible to know why Georges Barrere chose Dvorak's F Major Quartet to\|transcribe for Woodwind Quintet, we may easily hazard several guesses. Firstly,\|it was a work much beloved by the public and very respected by professional\|musicians. As an immigrant himself, Barrere could easily sympathize with\|Dvorak's desire to create a distinctly American work. A work in the key of F\|Major, it lent itself easily to wind transcription. While known as the Barrere\|transcription, it turns out that Samuel Baron, one of Barrere's most famous\|students and a long time member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, who has to\|his credit a long list of wonderful transcriptions for woodwind quintet, played\|a significant role in the transcription.

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