Episode #1427

Appalachian Spring & Dixie

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Friday, July 05, 2013

Martha Graham and Erich Hawkins in the premiere of Appalachian Spring, 1944 Martha Graham and Erich Hawkins in the premiere of Appalachian Spring, 1944 (Library of Congress)

This week in Studio 360, three stories about conflicts simmering below the surface of American life, and sometimes erupting. In Appalachian Spring, a choreographer and a composer teamed up to tell a fundamentally American story about a young couple struggling to reconcile community with individualism in a frontier town. In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton’s modern young woman tries to be her own person, at the risk of making herself an outcast. And we tell the story of the catchy melody that Americans whistled as they marched off to kill each other in our country’s deadliest war.

(Segments in this week's episode aired previously.)

American Icons: Appalachian Spring

In 1942, Aaron Copland was commissioned to write a score for the choreographer Martha Graham. Dance and music in America have never been the same. Their ballet Appalachian Spring looks at the tension between community and individualism through the story ...

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Why the Song Dixie Continues to Divide Americans

It’s been a century-and-a-half since a minstrel tune called “Dixie” debuted in New York. The song went viral, and soon North and South alike were whistling “Dixie.” With the outbreak of the Civil War, “Dixie” became an anthem of the antebellum way of life. And today ...

Bonus Track: Elvis Sings "Dixie"

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American Icons: The House of Mirth

Lily is a smart single woman, a beauty in demand on the party circuit. But Lily is nearing thirty, and struggling to manage money, friendships, and romance. In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants ...

Bonus Track: Jonathan Franzen on Edith Wharton

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Juliane from Atlanta

I loved the comment about how composers don’t imitate Appalachian Spring, they absorb both vision and ambition. It's always so fascinating to find these themes in other modern composers' work. What a great show!

Jul. 14 2013 04:59 PM
Michael from Gulfport

Love Studio 360, leads the Tampa Bay region into the future!

Jul. 07 2013 12:55 AM

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