Ruth Crawford Seeger is a surprise and delight. Originally a pianist, she began studying composing after moving to Chicago from Jacksonville, Florida. In the windy city, she came under the influence of Alexander Scriabin’s music and Theosophy. After marrying Charles Seeger (a musicologist and father of Pete), she moved with him to Washington, DC, where she worked closely with John and Alan Lomax at the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress to preserve and teach American folk music. Her later life saw her arranging folk songs. Her work is breathtakingly varied and is a real find.
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Two Movements for Chamber Orchestra (Music for Small Orchestra), 1926
Preludes (1924-1928) No.1-3
String Quartet 1931 – 1. Rubato assai
Rissolty Rossolty (1939-41)
Three Songs: No. 2 “Prayers of Steel” text by Carl Sandburg