Charles Wuorinen | Glenn Lieberman
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL491     Release Date: 2011-05-01

David Braynard, tuba; Group for Contemporary Music: [Patricia Spencer, flute; Sophie Sollberger, flute; Harvey Sollberger, flute; Karl Kraber, flute; Susan Barrett, oboe; Josef Marx, oboe; Ronald Sell, horn; Edward Birdwell, horn; Barry Benjamin, horn; David Jolley, horn; Donald MacCourt, bassoon; Leonard Hindell, bassoon; Raymond DesRoches, percussion; Charles Wuorinen, Conductor]; New Music Consort: [Susan Barrett, oboe; David Stanton, clarinet; Madeleine Shapiro, cello; Claire Heldrich, percussion; Glenn Lieberman, Conductor]; New York String Ensemble; [Claudio Bloom, violin; Katherine Cash, violin; Shem Guibbory, violin; Joel Lester, violin; Dale Stuckenbruck, violin; Linda Quan, violin; David Sills, viola; Miriam Dye Corey, viola; Marion Lutzke, cello; Guillermo Zucia, bass; Paul Zukofsky, Conductor]

Charles Wuorinen writes:

 

“The Tuba Concerto was written in 1970 for Donald Butterfield. It contains four main instrumental strands: the soloist and three homogeneous choirs — four flutes, four horns, and four double reeds (oboes and bassoons). These are supplemented by a battery of twelve drums which serve to summarize the rhythmic activity of the other instruments. The soloist's role is as the initiating voice in the four-part polyphony, and what he says in single notes becomes then ramified and multiplied into many notes of the three instrumental choirs. The underlying polyphony spans the whole work, which is divided into three movements. The piece shows a tendency to accelerate throughout, though this process is neither regular nor linear. The piece is also strongly centric, although this characteristic is still derived from the twelve-tone set governing the whole composition.”

 

The opening of Glenn Lieberman's Dialectic (1978) reveals to the listener the two contradictory ideas which provide a basis for the overall structure of the work. A juxtaposition of loud-dense music and quiet-thin music is introduced in bars 1-7, and from this point on development occurs within fve major sections, each defined by its treatment of these two conflicting elements.

The composer writes: "Music For Ten Stringed Instruments (1978) deals with the interaction between tonal and atonal elements. As the work progressed, I began to perceive the two systems as the boundaries of a spectrum wherein consonance could be continually redefined by delicate shifts of degree. Although each player is allowed the individuality of a separate part, combinations of instruments join together throughout the piece either to reinforce a small musical idea, or become part of a large musical idea."


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Charles Wuorinen | Glenn Lieberman

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Track Listing

Chamber Concerto for Tuba: I. -
Charles Wuorinen
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Chamber Concerto for Tuba: II. -
Charles Wuorinen
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Chamber Concerto for Tuba: III. -
Charles Wuorinen
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Dialectic
Glenn Lieberman
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Music for Ten Stringed Instruments
Glenn Lieberman
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