Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL486     Release Date: 2011-05-15
Collage: Randolph Bowman, flute; Robert Annis, clarinet; Frank Epstein, percussion; Thomas Gauger, percussion; Christopher Oldfather, piano; Joel Smirnoff, viola; Martha Babcock, cello; Charles Fussell, Conductor; Gunther Schuller, Conductor

Leonard Rosenman writes:

"Chamber Music V is a mini piano concerto, akin to the small-scale concertos of the 18th century, such as the Brandenburg No. 5. Slow harmonic rhythm is surrounded by much detail that serves to clarify the harmonic thrust. There is considerable microtonality that is intended to heighten the expression.

John Heiss writes:

"My Capriccio was composed specifcally for Frank Epstein and Collage, at their request, with the support of a National Endowment grant. In composing the work, I had foremost in mind the special qualities of the percussionist, Frank Epstein, whose delivery of supple rhythms, fuid musical line and sensitivity to color have long enchanted me. Thus while the work is a trio, the percussion part is featured, with the fute and clarinet playing auxiliary roles as commentators, lesser partners or (if you will) blocking backs who run only occasionally. The title indicates that this is basically a 'fun' piece, slightly whimsical (though not trivial!), intended as an entertainment for both performers and audience.

Irwin Bazelon writes:

"'You composers live in a world of sound dreams,' the late author James Jones once remarked to me during a conversation. His perceptive observation on the composer's world infuenced me to use the title Sound Dreams for my piece. Jones died May 9th, 1977, and the score is dedicated to his memory.

"While the music is not programmatic — nor does it attempt to describe Jones' personality or the power of his literary works — it does express (in whatever way music can) my feelings about the man.

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Track Listing

Chamber Music V
Leonard Rosenman
John Heiss
Sound Dreams
Irwin Bazelon