Three Indian Songs, Op. 32


In 1908, Arthur Farwell composed Three Indian Songs, op. 32, based on the piano solos contained in his earlier American Indian Melodies.

Photo: Afraid of Eagle, Dakota Indian, 1898, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Digital ID: cph 3c24565


The audio recording, provided in the audio player to the right, features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Craig Rutenberg, piano. This song was recorded for Instant Encore as part of American Public Media's Performance Today series, presented by Classical Minnesota Public Radio. To listen, please click on the track name itself. You can download a recording of this entire recital for free through the Instant Encore website with the download code: THSOA2009.

Three Indian Songs, Op. 32

Farwell published American Indian Melodies in 1901, in his recently founded Wa-Wan Press, a publication dedicated strictly to American contemporary music. Scored for piano solo, American Indian Melodies contains Farwell’s arrangements of ten melodies that were transcribed from the songs of the Omaha tribe and preserved in Alice C. Fletcher’s Indian Story and Song from North America (1900).

Please see the essay for "The Old Man's Love Song" for further information.

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