Apr 15, 2020 9:06 PM
WCLV posted the following note on its website: “Despite canceling our March concert series due to the current health concerns of COVID-19, we were able to have our concert program, entitled ‘The New World Revisited,’ professionally recorded.”
The program will include “Home” and a version of Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”
Clayton sent an email to journalists and other industry professionals, describing the origins of the piece: “I recently was asked to write a piece for a group, the CityMusic Cleveland Orchestra, that would be influenced by Dvorak’s 9th symphony [aka ‘From The New World’]. It was one of the most demanding pieces I’ve had to write.”
Clayton’s email also included a link to a YouTube video of a dress rehearsal of “Home.” The performances had been scheduled for March 11–14.
In the program notes for “Home,” Clayton wrote:
“This composition seeks to explore the artistic convergence of two people and their very different worlds, Antonín Dvorák and his intern/student, Harry Burleigh. The story line: A Czech composer from Prague teaches and befriends a young black student from Harlem. Indeed, it was this inner-city kid that introduced Dvorák to the ‘negro songs’ that would forever add to his compositional style. Their meeting took place [circa] 1892 in New York City, when Mr. Dvorak accepted a teaching post at the National Conservatory of Music in America. …
Fast forward to the present.
What can happen when you combine late-19th century elements of Slavic music with American Black music? What will the results be when you invite a dynamite orchestra from Cleveland to explore this with jazz, hip-hop, gospel and spoken-word artists, also from the same city? Some of those answers are represented in my composition.”
For more info on Clayton and his projects, including the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, visit his website. DB
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