American Tone Poems

American Tone Poems
Sarah Kirkland Snider, by Shervin Lainez

Sarah Kirkland Snider’s tone poem Hiraeth, a meditation on loss, nostalgia, and memory, will commence the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season October 11-13. Hiraeth is one of several tone poems by living American composers to be heard this season, including Gabriela Lena Frank’s Apu, Augusta Read ThomasEOS (Goddess of Dawn), and Richard Danielpour’s Toward the Splendid City

As the season gets underway and plans for future seasons take shape, explore this selection of American tone poems from the entire Wise Music catalog.

George Antheil
Tom Sawyer (1949) 7 minutes
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Samuel Barber
Second Essay (1942) 10 minutes
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John Corigliano 
The Mannheim Rocket (2000) 11 Minutes
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Richard Danielpour
Toward the Splendid City (1992) 9 minutes
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Donnacha Dennehy
The Vandal (2000) 11 minutes (
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Bryce Dessner
Quilting (2014) 15 minutes
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Gabriela Lena Frank
Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra (2017) 13 minutes
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Philip Glass
Days and Nights in Rocinha (1997) 23 minutes
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Roy Harris
Acceleration (1941) 9 minutes
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Missy Mazzoli
These Worlds Within Us (2006) 9 minutes[=syn])/str
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Thea Musgrave
Rainbow (1990) 12 minutes
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Walter Piston
Three New England Sketches (1959) 15 minutes
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1. Seaside
2. Summer Evening
3. Mountains

Florence Price
The Oak (1943) 15 minutes
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William Schuman
Prayer in Time of War (1943) 15 minutes
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Sarah Kirkland Snider
Hiraeth (2015) 27 minutes
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Preview Mark DeChaizza’s accompanying film

Nathaniel Stookey
Mahlerwerk (2011) 14 minutes
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Carlos Surinach
Feria Mágica (Magic Fair) (1956) 6 minutes
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Augusta Read Thomas
EOS (Goddess of the Dawn) (2014) 16 minutes
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Virgil Thomson
Sea Piece with Birds (1952) 5 minutes[hp]/str
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Joan Tower
Silver Ladders (1986) 23 minutes
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For more information, please contact Andrew Stein-Zeller

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