On Now

Listen to the Stream
  • Oboe Concerto 8:42 Ralph Vaughan Williams
    English Chamber Orchestra
    Daniel Barenboim
    Neil Black, oboe
    Buy Now
  • Harvest Home Suite; Selections 8:33 Jay Ungar
    Nashville Chamber Orchestra
    Jay Ungar, fiddle
    Molly Mason, guitar
    Buy Now
Playlist

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Blog Archive

June 2009
S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30        


Master Archive

Contact Us

Purchase the Music

  • Buy the music you've heard on-air! Your purchase helps support our classical service.
    ArkivMusic

Services

Classical Notes

Classical Notes: June 23, 2009 Archive

Inspiration Close to Home

Posted at 4:15 PM on June 23, 2009 by Ward Jacobson (1 Comments)

One of the real joys of being a classical host is the little discoveries you make along the way. I've biked countless times to Minnehaha Falls, but until last week I didn't realize it played a significant role in some music by Antonin Dvorak.

Here's what I discovered:

116 years ago, Antonin Dvorak visited Minneapolis, and he was inspired by Minnehaha Falls and a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow which immortalized the story of Hiawatha and Minnehaha. At the time, Dvorak was contemplating an opera based on that very subject, so he used the cuff of his shirt to sketch a melody which would become the theme for the second movement of his Sonatina in G.

Comment on this post