(Born in New York, December 18, 1861 ;
died there, January 23, 1908)
"INDIAN," OP. 48
i. Legend ii. Love Song iii. In War Time iv. Dirge v. Village Festival
THE MUSIC has the characteristic force and tenderness of this composer when he was writing for himself and not directly for the general public. It is not necessary to lug in any question of whether this be distinctively American music, for the best pages of the suite are not parochial—they are not national.
They are universal in their appeal to sensitive hearers of any land. The movements that are the most poetically imaginative, that have the greatest distinction, are the "Legend," "In War Time," and above all the "Dirge." Music like this would honor any composer of whatever race he might be.
This lamentation might be that of the dying race. There is nothing of the luxury of woe; there is no conventional music for "threadbare crape and tears." There is the dignity of man who has been familiar with nature, who has known the voices of the day