From Cued Up On Q2: “American Dreams”

Cued Up On Q2 streams Sundays at 2PM on Q2; encores Tuesdays at 8PM and Thursdays at 4PM on Q2

Sunday, July 03, 2011
Live works by American Icons from performances around New York City.
For this Independence Day, Cued Up brings you live works by some tried and true American icons. All recorded in New York City, works by Charles Ives, John Cage, Meredith Monk and Earle Brown take front and center.

Featured in American Dreams is Charle’s Ives’s The Alcotts, a movement from his Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord, Mass., 1840–60 , which was written in 1915, and performed by pianist Timo Andres. Ives, often deemed as “an American original,” and one of the first internationally recognized American voices, created the Sonata out of his admiration for New England transcendentalist writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Bronson Alcott. The Alcotts memorialize a family of fiercely independent thinkers (writers Bronson Alcott and his daughter Louisa May Alcott).

Also, Brown’s Tracking Pierrot, Cage’s In a Landscape, Monk’s Paris, and the music of other mold-breaking thinkers this Sunday at 2 p.m.

Cued Up is hosted by Olivia Giovetti

Olivia Giovetti