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The Works Progress Administration Presents - 1938 Series, Pgm 53

August 20th, 2008

Continuing from our previous post on the series "The Works Progress Administration Presents", we have another rare recording of a lesser known composer.

Program 53 of the 1938 series features the Forum String Quartet of Boston performing the Lento from the String Quartet, Opus 96 by Dvorak and the Allegretto movement from the Creole Quartet by Harry Newton Redman.  This appears to be the only known recording of a work by Redman, who was a member of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Directly transferred from RCA Victrolac pressing, matrix number MS 013489.


  • Steve Kostelecky

    This piece is gorgeous! The fidelity was great and the government message gave a wonderful idea of the goals of the program. Harry Newton Redman’s composition, steeped in American folk music, fit right in with the WPA. Thanks, Rand.

    Sep 1, 2008 at 3:29 am
  • Andrew Kramer

    I believe my father, Henry Kramer, played in the Forum String Quartet of Boston for this recording. Does anyone have information about the members at the time?

    Aug 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm