Chamber Music by Pleskow, Miller, Tower & Yarden
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL302     Release Date: 2010-10-15

Rolf Schulte, violin; Allen Blustine, clarinet; Sophie Sollberger, flute; Fred Sherry, cello; Robert Miller, piano; Charles Wuorinen, conductor; New York Brass Quintet: Robert Nagel, trumpet; Allan Dean, trumpet; Paul Ingraham, horn; John Swallow, trombone; Thompson Hanks, tuba; Da Capo Chamber Players: Joel Lester, violin; Allen Blustine, clarinet; Patricia Spencer, flute; Helen Harbison, cello; Joan Tower, piano; Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago; Joel Smirnoff, violin; Elliott Golub, violin; Abraham Stockman, piano; John Cobb, piano; Marie Moulton, flute; Stanley Davis, clarinet; Roger Malitz, cello; Everett Zlatoff-Mirsky, viola; Ralph Shapey, Conductor

Raoul Pleskow writes:

Three Movements for Quintet was composed in the summer of 1971.

“The three short movements share the same pitch material, and each undergoes the rapid changes of texture, activity, ensemble setting and juxtaposition of contrasting musical events.

“The work received its first New York performance by the Aeolian Chamber Players at a concert in Carnegie Recital Hall. It was subsequently performed by the Da Capo Chamber Players and by members of the Group for Contemporary Music under the direction of Charles Wuorinen. The piece won the fifth annual Bowdoin Chamber Music Competition. It bears the inscription — "of a November morning 1970."

About The Folly Stone, Edward Miller writes:

“As the titles suggest, each movement represents my musical fantasies about a detail from one of Bosch's paintings. The main figure in THE CURE OF FOLLY is a seated man. His madness or "folly" is being cured by the surgical removal of a stone from his head. Having lived in the stark and grotesque atmosphere of my composition, I felt somewhat relieved when it was finished, and I was able to resume life in a sunnier, less monster-ridden world. I decided to name the entire piece after the first detail. In a sense, it represents my "folly" during those dark days. The operation seems to have been, at least temporarily, successful.

About Prelude For Five Players, Joan Tower writes:

“Aside from the instrumentation presented on this recording, another version of the Prelude is also scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and piano. The piece is divided into six sections which are differentiated by changes in tempo, texture, register and dynamics which, for the most part, are associated with various hierarchizations of a 12- tone set structure.”

Elie Yarden's Divertimento 1963 was commissioned for the Israel Chamber Music Association which stipulated flute, clarinet, two pianos, two violins, viola and cello. Its move- ments, of almost dancelike character, are loosely knitted together. In searching for models, Mr. Yarden went back to the minstrel-minnesingers of the Middle Ages. There he found songs built up of sequences ("descorts") which have an intricate arrangement of little phrases ("versicles") written and repeated in a complex order. In this work repeats are never made at the beginning of a section of a movement.


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Chamber Music by Pleskow, Miller, Tower & Yarden

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Track Listing

Three Movements for Quintet: I. First Movement
Raoul Pleskow
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Three Movements for Quintet: II. Second Movement
Raoul Pleskow
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Three Movements for Quintet: III. Third Movement
Raoul Pleskow
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The Folly Stone: I. The Folly Stone
Edward Miller
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The Folly Stone: II. Monster With a Basket
Edward Miller
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The Folly Stone: III. Fool With a Bowl
Edward Miller
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The Folly Stone: IV. The Team of Demons
Edward Miller
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The Folly Stone: V. Paradise
Edward Miller
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Prelude For Five Players
Joan Tower
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Divertimento: I. Allegretto
Elie Yarden
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Divertimento: II. Fancy
Elie Yarden
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Divertimento: III. Variations
Elie Yarden
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Divertimento: IV. Ricercar
Elie Yarden
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Divertimento: V. Rondo
Elie Yarden
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