Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
String Quartet No.12 in F Major, Op.96 American
Charles Ives (1874-1954)
String Quartet No. 1 From the Salvation Army
Yes, Virginia, there is a Spillville, IA (just 328 miles from Omaha…Google it!)— the small Czech village that inspired Dvořák to write his ravishing “American” String Quartet. Melodious, songful, and incorporating the call of the scarlet tanager he heard on his walks, it is his most beloved quartet. Inspiration of a different kind infuses American composer Charles Ives’s youthful and accessible First String Quartet. Its subtitle hints at the revival hymns he “samples” in his trademark fashion: “Missionary Hymn,” “Beulah Land,” and “The Shining Shore.” But please, no humming in the pews!