Southern Piano Music During the Civil War Years

Presented by David Thompson.

Along with songs and military band music published in the South during the Civil War, a considerable repertoire of solo keyboard music written by white, black, male, and female composers also exists.  This repertoire includes traditional dances such as the waltz, mazurka, schottische, and polka; marches, song arrangements, and descriptive fantasies.  This program brings this unknown repertoire to modern ears.  Throughout the program, excerpts from Confederate diaries, letters, and memoirs are read recounting the moving effect of keyboard music in the home as well as the overwhelming grief resulting from the destruction of these prized possessions during the war. (Piano needed for this program)

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