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The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

I would give the world to embody one half the ideas afloat in my imagination.


Edgar Allan Poe, 1848 (Courtesy of the Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia)

Original music composed and performed by Philip Brunelle.

Excerpts from Silvestre Revueltas's String Quartet No. 1: Vivo and String Quartet No. 3: Minsterio y fantástico, performed by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano and feature on the album String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (1994), used courtesy of New Albion Records and used by permission of Southern Music Pub. Company (ASCAP).

And excerpts from the following compositions used courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo, performed by the Kodály Quartet, and featured on the album Complete String Quartets Volume 9 (1999).
  • Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition; On the Southern Shore of the Crimea; and Une larme, performed by Jeno Jandó, and featured on the album Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/Balakirev: Islamey (1998).
  • Sergey Rachmaninov's The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Enrique Bátiz, featured on the album Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances; The Isle of the Dead (1992).

Written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2009.

Executive producer: Josephine Reed

Assistant producers: Adam Kampe, Liz Mehaffey, and Pepper Smith

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