Charles Martin Loeffler: Orchestral Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80332     Release Date: 1985-01-01

Jennie Hansen, viola d'amore; Neil Rosenshein, tenor; Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, John Nelson

The music of Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935) was a rarity in the United States. Much admired for its artistry, it was yet so individual and its Symbolist aesthetic so unusual that Loeffler acquired a reputation that set him apart from other American composers of his generation. Loeffler came to America at the age of twenty. Behind him he had a cosmopolitan European background: He was born in France and had lived there and in Germany, Hungary, Russia, and Switzerland.

As a composer Loeffler was influenced by each culture to which he was exposed. He assimilated whatever he liked from a range of styles and eras, as well as nationalities. Combined with his modernity, this eclecticism created a highly individual style. For good reason, however, Loeffler has been associated with the French, specifically with the Symbolist writers, from whom he drew inspiration for many works. He was drawn to texts characterized by rich imagery, particularly if melancholy, macabre, exotic, unworldly, or bizarre. He himself became known as a Symbolist, or decadent (a term used synonymously with "Symbolist") composer.

Loeffler was a tone poet. His music emphasized color, nuance, atmosphere, and fantasy; it used untraditional methods, including free forms, exotic and modern harmonies, and innovative instrumentation. A master colorist, Loeffler was considered a mystic for his evocative and iridescent musical visions.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Charles Martin Loeffler: Orchestral Works

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La Mort de Tintagiles
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Five Irish Fantasies: I. The Hosting of the Sidhe
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Five Irish Fantasies: II. The Host of the Air
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Five Irish Fantasies: III. The Fiddler of Dooney
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Five Irish Fantasies: IV. Ballad of the Foxhunter
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Five Irish Fantasies: V. The Song of Caitilin Ni Uallachain
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