The discovery and promotion of 20th- and 21st-century classical music that embodies traditional aesthetic values of emotional and spiritual expression, along with clarity of formal structure and coherence.
By Howard Pollack SAMUEL BARBER: His Life and Legacy. By Howard Pollack. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2023. 686 pp. Hardcover. $59.95 It has been more than 40 years since the death of Samuel Barber; 13 years have passed since his centenary. At this point it may be safely stated that Barber stands alongside…
Album Information Arnold Rosner: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 1 Scherzo for Orchestra, Op. 29a (1964) 11:51 Concerto Grosso No. 2, Op. 74 (1979) 24:302 Lento; Allegro 8:473 Adagio 7:094 Allegro molto 8:23 5 Variations on a Theme by Frank Martin, Op. 105 (1996) 18:37 6 A My Lai Elegy, Op. 51 (1971; rev. 1993) 25:36Trumpet…
Album Information Three Narratives, Op. 79 (1962) 25:25 1 Narrative No. 1 (7:40)2 Narrative No. 2 (7:55)3 Narrative No. 3 (9:46) Rhythmicon (1971-74): Volumes 7-10 44:49 4 Affirmation (2:05)5 A Jest (1:09)6 Offertory (2:39)7 Mirror Etude (1:04)8 Interlude (2:13)9 Salve Regina (3:20)10 Child’s Play (1:11)11 Quasi-Barbaro (2:06)12 Hemiola (1:15)13 Barcarolle (1:49)14 Badinage (1:19)15 Secret Game…
Program Notes Ernest Bloch lived a long life—79 years—and was creatively productive for six decades. His busy life took him from Switzerland to Brussels, Franfurt, then New York, to Cleveland, San Francisco, back to Switzerland, then back to California, finally spending his last twenty years in Oregon. Throughout his life he continued to evolve both…
Book: Voices in the Wilderness
Six American Neo-Romantic Composers
Despite the Modernist search for new and innovative aesthetics and rejection of traditional tonality, several twentieth century composers have found their own voice while steadfastly relying on the aesthetics and techniques of Romanticism and 19th century composition principles.
Book: Voices of Stone and Steel
The Music of William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin
William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin were three of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, yet their music has largely disappeared from view since their respective deaths. In The Music of William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin: Voices of Stone and Steel, Walter Simmons provides a thorough examination of the lives and work of these artists, clarifying their considerable individuality both as composers and as human beings.
Featured Album: Paul Creston
Rhythmicon, Volumes 7-10
Myron Silberstein, piano
Toccata Classics TOCC-0674