Ross Lee Finney & Leslie Bassett: Works for Cello and Piano
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL311     Release Date: 2010-10-15
Jerome Jelinek, cello; Joseph Gurt, piano

About his music, Ross Lee Finney writes:

“My Second Sonata for cello and piano was the last work I wrote before my style underwent its conversion to serialization of pitch (my Sixth String Quartet in E, recorded on CR1 116, is my first 12-tone work). After completion of the Sonata, it seemed to me that its melodic chromaticism was in conflict with its formal design, and after that this conversion was inevitable.

“Although I was strongly impressed by the 12-tone technique, which I had learned with Alban Berg as early as 1931, it took almost 20 years, with a Depression and a World War, for me to find a way to make this new technique compatible with my natural melodic feeling and the classic- functional concepts that I had been drawn to as a student in Paris during the 1920's...

“My Chromatic Fantasy in E for solo cello was composed in 1957, a year before my Fantasy in Two Movements for solo violin which was commissioned by Yehudi Menuhin. The term "fantasy" refers more to the manner in which I employ the hexachord of the row than to the over-all form of the composition. It was a completely unconscious chance, seen only in retrospect, that the hexachord of this work which one hears at the start is the same as the first six notes of the Second Sonata for cello and piano. More important, however, and completely conscious, was the quotation from Bartok's Sixth String Quartet. The work unfolds freely through sections of contrasting moods."

Music For Cello And Piano was written during the late summer of 1966 for a concert of Leslie Bassett's music at his alma mater, Fresno State College, on November 20 of that year, with Fred Dempster and Bob Bennett performing. The music evolves from characteristic shapes and sounds heard in the first movement to a brief, reflective conclusion, in which are hidden two phrases of the FSC Alma Mater.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Full liner notes are accessible via the link above.

Jerome Jelinek

Ross Lee Finney & Leslie Bassett: Works for Cello and Piano

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CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included.


Track Listing

Sonata No. 2 in C Major: I. Introduction - Adagio espressivo
Ross Lee Finney
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Sonata No. 2 in C Major: II. Allegro con brio
Ross Lee Finney
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Sonata No. 2 in C Major: III. Adagio arioso
Ross Lee Finney
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Sonata No. 2 in C Major: IV. Prestissimo
Ross Lee Finney
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Sonata No. 2 in C Major: V. Conclusion - Adagio espressivo
Ross Lee Finney
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Music for Violoncello and Piano: I. Origin
Leslie Bassett
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Music for Violoncello and Piano: II. Invention
Leslie Bassett
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Music for Violoncello and Piano: III. Variation
Leslie Bassett
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Music for Violoncello and Piano: IV. Conclusions
Leslie Bassett
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Chromatic Fantasy in E Major
Ross Lee Finney
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