Virginia Eskin, pianist

Arthur Foote Chamber MusicArthur Foote

Chamber Music
Joseph Silverstein, violin
Jules Eskin, cello
Virginia Eskin, Piano


Three Character Pieces for Violin and Piano: ..."delightful...[with] ideas, fancy, and a very sure grasp of musical form."

Boston Evening Transcipt, 1885


Arthur Foote (1853-1937) occupies a unique position in the history of American music: he was the first native-born composer to receive all of his musical training in the United States. Studying with John Knowles Paine, pioneer of the cultivated tradition in nineteenth-century American music, Foote graduated from Harvard in 1875 with the first master's degree in music granted by an American university. Aside from eight summer trips to Europe, where he met and heard leading artists of the day, and one summer as visiting lecturer and acting chairman of the music department at the University of California at Berkeley, Foote spent his entire professional life in Boston. A member of the so-called Boston Group (he is most often linked with George Chadwick, Horatio Parker, Arthur Whiting and Amy [Mrs. H.H.A.] Beach), Foote was a seminal figure in Boston's musical culture of the 1880's and 1890's.

from Notes by Wilma Reid Cipolla



Trio No. 2 in B-flat for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 65 (1907-8)

  • Allegro giocoso
  • Tranquillo
  • Allegro molto

Three Character Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 9 (1885)

  • Morgengesang
  • Menuetto serioso
  • Romanza

Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 1 (1881)

  • Moderato
  • Andante con moto
  • Allegro con fuoco