Griffes Chinese and Japanese Songs

Published on Dec 7, 2012

Baritone George Spitzer performs two songs live in concert from American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ (1884-1920) song cycle, Five Poems of Ancient China and Japan, Op. 10: Tears – Wang Seng-Ju (6th Century) and A Feast of Lanterns – Yuan Mei (A.D. 1715-1797). Spitzer is a member of MELODEON, a chamber music group devoted to American music from the 19th and early 20th century. He is accompanied by Artis Wodehouse, pianist. The concert took place 11/11/12 at Church of the Epiphany, New York City as part of Melodeon’s concert series during the 2012-13 season. Video and sound by Whitney Slaten.

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Pianist and harmoniumist ARTIS WODEHOUSE has devoted her careeer to preserving and disseminating neglected but valuable music and instruments from the past, with an emphasis on American music. Cited by the NYTimes as “savior of the old and neglected”, she received a National Endowment grant that propelled her into production of CDs and published transcriptions of recorded performances and piano rolls made by George Gershwin, Jelly Roll Morton and Zez Confrey. Her best-seller, “Gershwin Plays Gershwin”, on the Nonesuch label has sold over 500,000 copies. Beginning in 2000, Wodehouse began performing on a representative group of antique reed organs and harmoniums, toy pianos and an 1823 English square piano and an 1860 Steinway square piano that she had painstakingly restored and brought to concert condition. She founded the chamber group MELODEON in 2010 to present little known but valuable music from 19th and early 20th Century America, using her antique instrument collection as the basis for repertoire choice. Wodehouse has a BM from the Manhattan School of Music, an MM from Yale, and a DMA from Stanford.
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