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William Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony; Ulysses Kay: Fantasy Variations; Umbrian Scene ()

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William Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony; Ulysses Kay: Fantasy Variations; Umbrian Scene - ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arthur Fagen (conductor)
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  1. Negro Folk Symphony, for orchestra
  2. Fantasy Variations, for orchestra
  3. Umbrian Scene, for orchestra
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William L. Dawson is mostly known these days for his arrangements of African American spirituals, still in common use almost a century after he made them, but he wrote a good deal of concert music, and it has generally been underrated. Seeing a title like Negro Folk Symphony might suggest a potpourri of spiritual themes, but the work is entirely different. It contains spirituals, yes, but they are fragmentary, and in the second movement, they don't appear at all. Dawson offers a melancholy melody of his own on the English ...

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