Bruce Adolphe: Turning, Returning
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR761     Release Date: 1997-01-01
Brentano String Quartet: (Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Michael Kannen, cello); Marija Stroke, piano

Manic-depressive personalities and Doppelgänger syndromes are a fascination of current musicology. In this bicentennial year of Schubert’s birth, academics vigorously debate whether Schubert’s major-minor, hyper-hypo music can be seen as evidence of a clinical condition. Recently uncovered medical records shed new light on that other allegedly manic- depressive composer, Robert Schumann, whose celebrated imaginary angels, devils, and hyenas (not to mention Florestan and Eusebius) practically define the romantic’s view of madness. The tendency to discover split psyches portrayed in string quartets and piano quintets is all the rage these days. It behooves us composers to defend ourselves.

While I am not manic-depressive (I don’t even have lower- back pain), I do find that my music tends to fall into two categories that might be perceived by future musicologists with a melo-medical worldview an indicative of Doppelgängerism. Plainly put, some of my music is darkly obsessive, poetic, and dramatic, while the rest of it is comical, slippery and entertaining.

This is a recording of some of the darkly obsessive, poetic, and dramatic music—and what else would you reasonably expect from CRI, a rare breed of record label devoted to the true inner lives of American composers?
— Bruce Adolphe, 1997



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Track Listing

String Quartet No. 2 "Turning, Returning": I. At Night
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String Quartet No. 2 "Turning, Returning": II. From My Childhood
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String Quartet No. 2 "Turning, Returning": III. Fantasia
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String Quartet No. 2 "Turning, Returning": IV. At Night II
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In Memories of...
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String Quartet No. 1, "By a Grace of Sense Surrounded"
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And All Is Always Now
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