Review


Amy Beach
Eskimos Op.64:

Arranged by Ralph Sauer

Trombone and piano

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Publisher: Cherry Classics Music
Date of Publication: 2012
URL: http://www.CherryClassics.com

Score and solo part.

Genre: ELEMENTARY MATERIALS

Amy Beach's Eskimos, Opus 64 was composed in 1907 for solo piano and is set in four descriptive vignettes: Arctic Night, The Returning Hunter, Exiles, and With Dog-Teams. Beach discovered recordings of early Inuit songs and set them to “Western” harmonies. Mr. Sauer has extracted the soprano line from each of these movements and placed it into the solo part, appropriately adjusting for some octave issues. The first and third movements are slower and lyrical, while the second and fourth movements provide a nice articulated contrast. There is a distinct folk nature to these melodies with elements of aria and recitative supplying many opportunities to demonstrate musicianship. Sauer has done a superb job with articulation markings. The range extends up to d2. At the time of this review, recordings of the piano version could be found on the Internet. This elegantly composed work has been tastefully arranged for trombone (versions for euphonium, bass trombone, and tuba also available) and would work well on a college recital, and/or a good ethnomusicology project.

Reviewer: David Stern
Review Published January 31, 2019