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Aaron Dworkin’s The American Rhapsody

Spoken Word Performance

Dworkin’s innate musicality and sense of timing serve him well in exploiting the dramatic arcs, musical peaks and valleys and transitions of mood, from somber and reflective, to passionate and heroic.” – Rosalyn Story, Violinist.com

This spoken word multimedia orchestral work tells the story of the USA through the prism of the life and words of America’s first President, George Washington. The work is set to Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Symphonic Variations on an African Air. The American Rhapsody is a tribute to the ideals of courage, freedom and commitment while also serving as a story of vulnerability and the progression of humanity through the great injustices which plague our history. The victories and agonies of our past not only resonate with but inform our present as our nation seeks to find a pathway toward a more unified future.

The American Rhapsody excerpts a variety of speeches and writings by George Washington, with both prosaic and poetic interludes. A statesman, a general, and the commander-in-chief, Washington was an entrepreneur and a patriot who respected loyalty and fought against ignorance and division. He also favored education and the arts. He was eulogized as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

Through a process that results in a genre that Dworkin refers to as “musetry”, The American Rhapsody integrates and weaves together the literary content with the music of Samuel Coleridge Taylor. Despite rare performances, Symphonic Variations on an African Air is sonorous, evocative and beautifully orchestrated. As a set of variations, it offers a unified musical content that is at once pictorial and rare in its form.

Press

American Black Journal: Aaron Dworkin Extended Interview…

The Detroit premiere of Sphinx founder Aaron Dworkin’s groundbreaking performance combines an original spoken word narrative with the music of Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor…READ MORE

Diversity and Inclusion in Classical Music…

The work comes across to great effect, and in The American Rhapsody Dworkin has created a tour de force….READ MORE

An Interview with Aaron Dworkin…

Inspired by the current politically divisive moment in our nation’s history, Aaron Dworkin explores the complexity of our founders in a new spoken word orchestral work…READ MORE

Envisioning the Dream (Musical America)…

Dworkin’s dramatic prose elevated an already worthy work….READ MORE

Aaron Dworkin and The Sphinx Symphony Orchestra…

“It’s a commentary on idealism, liberty, justice and democracy — and the conflict inherent in the life of our forefather”….READ MORE

Sphinx Leaders to receive Kennedy Awards…

“The award recognizes citizen artists who present and produce the arts in their communities and deepen the effect of arts and arts education at a local, state or national level”…READ MORE

Diversifying America’s symphonies…

“Suddenly, Dworkin’s mission in life emerged: diversifying America’s symphonies–and their musical repertoires” … READ MORE

Aaron Dworkin’s The American Rhapsody

Spoken Word Performance

Dworkin’s innate musicality and sense of timing serve him well in exploiting the dramatic arcs, musical peaks and valleys and transitions of mood, from somber and reflective, to passionate and heroic.” – Rosalyn Story, Violinist.com

This spoken word multimedia orchestral work tells the story of the USA through the prism of the life and words of America’s first President, George Washington. The work is set to Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Symphonic Variations on an African Air. The American Rhapsody is a tribute to the ideals of courage, freedom and commitment while also serving as a story of vulnerability and the progression of humanity through the great injustices which plague our history. The victories and agonies of our past not only resonate with but inform our present as our nation seeks to find a pathway toward a more unified future.

The American Rhapsody excerpts a variety of speeches and writings by George Washington, with both prosaic and poetic interludes. A statesman, a general, and the commander-in-chief, Washington was an entrepreneur and a patriot who respected loyalty and fought against ignorance and division. He also favored education and the arts. He was eulogized as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

Through a process that results in a genre that Dworkin refers to as “musetry”, The American Rhapsody integrates and weaves together the literary content with the music of Samuel Coleridge Taylor. Despite rare performances, Symphonic Variations on an African Air is sonorous, evocative and beautifully orchestrated. As a set of variations, it offers a unified musical content that is at once pictorial and rare in its form.

Videos
Images
Press

American Black Journal: Aaron Dworkin Extended Interview…

The Detroit premiere of Sphinx founder Aaron Dworkin’s groundbreaking performance combines an original spoken word narrative with the music of Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor…READ MORE

Diversity and Inclusion in Classical Music…

The work comes across to great effect, and in The American Rhapsody Dworkin has created a tour de force….READ MORE

An Interview with Aaron Dworkin…

Inspired by the current politically divisive moment in our nation’s history, Aaron Dworkin explores the complexity of our founders in a new spoken word orchestral work…READ MORE

Envisioning the Dream (Musical America)…

Dworkin’s dramatic prose elevated an already worthy work….READ MORE

Aaron Dworkin and The Sphinx Symphony Orchestra…

“It’s a commentary on idealism, liberty, justice and democracy — and the conflict inherent in the life of our forefather”….READ MORE

Sphinx Leaders to receive Kennedy Awards…

“The award recognizes citizen artists who present and produce the arts in their communities and deepen the effect of arts and arts education at a local, state or national level”…READ MORE

Diversifying America’s symphonies…

“Suddenly, Dworkin’s mission in life emerged: diversifying America’s symphonies–and their musical repertoires” … READ MORE