Originally posted by shostakovich:
Question: Is Ashokan Farewell actual Civil War music, or late 20th C imitation?
This is from the composer of 'Ashokan Farewell' on his website:
"Film maker Ken Burns heard the album in 1984 and was very moved by this piece. He used a version played by Matt Glaser in the film, "Huey Long", and planned to use Ashokan Farewell as the theme for The Civil War. The original recording by Fiddle Fever is heard at the beginning of the series. This and other versions are used 25 times throughout the series including behind the reading of Sullivan Ballou's letter to his wife, for a surprising total of 59 minutes and 33 seconds of the 11 hour series. The members of Fiddle Fever (plus pianist Jacqueline Schwab, Jesse Carr and others) play much of the 19th century music heard throughout the soundtrack. Ashokan Farewell is the only contemporary tune that was used."
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