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by Henry James

We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.


Henry James, 1880 (Library of Congress)

Selections of Beethoven's piano sonatas performed by Seymour Lipkin from Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas (2004), used with permission of Newport Classic Ltd.

And the following tracks provided courtesy of Naxos of America:

  • Excerpt from Johannes Brahms' Violin Sonata #3 in D minor, Op. 108, Adagio, performed by Ilya Kaler (violin) and Alexander Peskanov (piano) on the album Brahms: Sonatas for Violin and Piano (2002).
  • Excerpt from Joseph Lanner's Steyrische Tanze, Op. 165, performed by the Tanzquartett Wien on the album Dance Music from Old Vienna (2002).
  • Excerpt from Antonín Dvorák Piano Trio in E minor, ("Dumky"), Op. 90 (B. 166), Lento maestoso - Allegro, performed by the Joachim Trio on the album Dvorák: Piano Trios, Vol. 1, Opp. 65 and 90 (1998).

Written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2008.

Music permissions by Adam Kampe.

Booklet notes by Pepper Smith.

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