Donald Erb: Suddenly It's Evening
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR857     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Audobon Quartet: (Akami Takayama, violin; David Ehrlich, violin; Doris Lederer, viola; Clyde Shaw, cello); Jeffrey Krieger, cello; James Stern, violin; Audrey Andrist, piano; Bertram Turetzky, bass


Donald Erb was born January 17, 1927 in Youngstown, Ohio. A composer of fierce individuality and a man of strong loyalties, he was introduced to music at an early age by his great aunt, a Kansas school teacher who gave him trumpet lessons during summer vacations. He continued taking lessons when he came home to Lakewood, Ohio, and he launched his professional career playing jazz trumpet and arranging music for big bands.

Interested in the forward-looking music of the day, Erb received a rigorous education at Kent State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Indiana University. The teachers who influenced him most included Harold Miles, Hugh Glauser, Kenneth Gaburo, Marcel Dick, Ward Lewis, and Bernhard Heiden. He also studied briefly in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.

For more than forty years, Erb divided his time between teaching and composing. He taught at Bowling Green State University, Southern Methodist University, Indiana University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he headed the composition department until his retirement in 1996. A world traveler, he also served as resident composer at the American Academy in Rome, artist-in-residence at the University of Wollongong in Australia, and composer-in- residence with the Dallas and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras and the Bakersfield, California school system.


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Track Listing

String Quartet No. 3
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Suddenly It's Evening: I. Xanax in Xanadu
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Suddenly It's Evening: II. Interlude
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Suddenly It's Evening: III. Winter in My Heart
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Suddenly It's Evening: IV. Eyes of Flame
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Three Poems for Violin and Piano: I. Together Forever
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Three Poems for Violin and Piano: II. Toccata ("Rats feet over broken glass" by T.S. Eliot)
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Three Poems for Violin and Piano: III. Love Poem
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Three Pieces for Double Bass Alone: I. A Quiet Song
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Three Pieces for Double Bass Alone: II. A Scherzo
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Three Pieces for Double Bass Alone: III. A Race for The Exit
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