Arthur Farwell Omaha Indian Songs voice/piano

Published on Feb 12, 2013

George Spitzer, baritone and Artis Wodehouse, piano, perform Arthur Farwell’s 1908 arrangement of three songs of the Ohama Indian tribe Indian Songs Op. 32 . This live performance was part of a full program given by MELODEON, on 1/6/13 at Church of the Epiphany, NYC.

Arthur Farwell (1872-1952) used music of Native Americans, cowboy tunes, African-American spirituals, and Spanish-Californian melodies as the basis for many of his compositions. He pioneered the publishing of American composers and poets through his Wa-Wan Press.

MELODEON is a chamber group founded by Artis Wodehouse for the performance of 19th and early 20th century American music.

Videographer and sound recordist is 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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