Ernst Bacon: Remembering Ansel Adams and Other Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR779     Release Date: 1998-01-01
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Warsaw Philharmonic; Jerry Swoboda, Conductor; Menahem Pressler, piano; Bernard Greenhouse, cello; Emily Corbató, piano; Dorothy Bales, violin; Allan Sly, piano

Ernst Bacon (1898–1990) was part of the pioneering generation of composers that included Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, who found a voice for American music. Born in Chicago on May 26, 1898, Bacon's Austrian mother gave him a love of song and an early start on the piano. Although his varied career included appearances as pianist and conductor, along with teaching and directing positions, his deepest preoccupation was always composing. His musical awards included a Pulitzer Fellowship in 1932 for his Symphony in D Minor and three Guggenheim Fellowships.

From his first job as opera coach at the Eastman School in the early '20s, Bacon went on to receive a Masters Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and to teach at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was associated with Ernest Bloch. During the '30s he was director of the WPA Federal Music Project and Orchestra in San Francisco and founded the Carmel Bach Festival. From 1938-45 he headed the School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, and established the New Spartanburg Music Festival. At Syracuse University he was director of the School of Music from 1945–47 and composer in residence and professor of piano until his retirement in 1963.

In 1964 Bacon returned to the West, settling in the small town of Orinda, east of the Berkeley hills. Here, as everywhere else, he drew his greatest inspiration from nature, jotting down notes as he explored local trails. His fertile imagination and constant creative efforts left little time for the promotion of his works, and although nearly blind in old age, he continued to compose until the very end of his 91 years.


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Track Listing

Remembering Ansel Adams
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Sonata for Cello & Piano: I. Gravely - Risoluto - Allegro
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Sonata for Cello & Piano: II. Commodo
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Sonata for Cello & Piano: III. Lento
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Sonata for Cello & Piano: IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
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The Lobo Girl
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Nuka
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Flop-Eared Mule
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Maple-Sugaring
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Yemassee River
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Drip-Drop Rain
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Haba̱era
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Pigtown Fling
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Tumbleweeds: No. 1, Gualala River
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Tumbleweeds: No. 2, Sod Busters
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Tumbleweeds: No. 3, The Gillagaloo
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Tumbleweeds: No. 4, Little Boy Asleep
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Tumbleweeds: No. 5, The Oregon Trail
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Tumbleweeds: No. 6, Gospel Gulch
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Tumbleweeds: No. 7, Blue Grass
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Tumbleweeds: No. 8, Mexican Hat
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