Ellis B. Kohs: Music for Keyboards and Strings
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR795     Release Date: 1999-01-01

Maija Lehtonen, organ; Manfred Gräsbeck, Conductor; F. Chaplin, violin; Robert Koff, violin; Robert Mann, violin; Ralph Shapey, violin; S. Paeff, viola; Ferenc Molnar, viola; Raphael Hillyer, viola; Charles McCracken, cello; C. Ziegler, cello; S. Sankey, bass; Lionel Salter, harpsichord; Eudice Shapiro, violin; Nathan Ross, violin; Sanford Schonbach, viola; Gabor Rejto, cello; Albert Dominguez, piano; Eudice Shapiro, violin

Ellis B. Kohs grew up in San Francisco, where he undertook his early musical studies at the San Francisco Conservatory. In 1928 his family moved to New York where he entered the Institute of Musical Art. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago, studying composition with Carl Bricken. After he completed his master's degree there in 1938, he returned to New York and enrolled at the Juilliard School, where he studied composition with Bernard Wagenaar. He also studied composition with Walter Piston and musicology with Willi Apel and Hugo Leichtentritt at Harvard University. During World War II, Kohs conducted the Army and Air Force bands at Fort Benning, Ga.; St. Joseph, Mo.; and Nashville. After the war he joined the faculty of Wesleyan University, where he taught composition from 1946 to 1948, and the Kansas City Conservatory, where he taught during the summers of 1946 and 1947.

He moved to California in 1948 and undertook teaching positions at the College of the Pacific and at Stanford University. He began teaching at USC in 1950 where he remained on the faculty for 38 years, serving as chairman of the music theory department for several years.


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Track Listing

Passacaglia for Organ and Strings, K. 11
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Chamber Concerto for Viola and String Nonet, K. 28: I. Moderato molto energico
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Chamber Concerto for Viola and String Nonet, K. 28: II. Scherzo - vivace
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Chamber Concerto for Viola and String Nonet, K. 28: III. Andante cantando
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Toccata for Harpsichord or Piano, K. 25
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A Short Concert for String Quartet, K. 28: I. Sonata
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A Short Concert for String Quartet, K. 28: II. Forlane
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A Short Concert for String Quartet, K. 28: III. Waltz
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A Short Concert for String Quartet, K. 28: IV. Sarabande
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A Short Concert for String Quartet, K. 28: V. Farce
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A Short Concert for String Quartet, K. 28: VI. Gigue
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A Short Concert for String Quartet, K. 28: VII. Dreams - Recollections
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Sonatina for Violin and Piano, K. 26: I. [Allegro] quarter-note =126
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Sonatina for Violin and Piano, K. 26: II. [Slow] Theme and Variations
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Sonatina for Violin and Piano, K. 26: III. [Vivo] quarter-note =120
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