Francis Thorne: Orchestral & Chamber Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR586     Release Date: 2006-01-13
Francis Thorne, piano; Polish National Radio Orchestra; William Strickland, Conductor; Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago, Ralph Shapey, Conductor; Jubal Trio: [Constance Beavon, mezzo-soprano; Sue Ann Kahn, flute; Susan Jolles, harp]; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; James Dixon, Conductor; Geoffrey Fuller, electric guitar, electric bass guitar


I believe the most natural music making comes from a great deal of listening, especially to one’s own inner ear.”
—Francis Thorne

If the stylistic diversity of his compositions is any indication, Francis Thorne’s inner ear must be as filled with the ragtime, jazz, and burlesque of his youth as it is with the trends and schools of modern composition.

Born in Bay Shore, New York, in 1922 into a musical family (his grandfather was Gustave Kobbé, who is best known for Kobbé’s Opera Book), Thorne studied piano from an early age. His first formal training took place at Yale University. After college came three-and-a-half years in the navy during World War II, followed by nine years working on Wall Street. All this time Thorne kept up his jazz piano playing, which brought him into contact with Duke Ellington, whose personal recommendation led to a two-year stint at Manhattan’s Hickory House—Thorne’s first professional job as a musician. His return to the world of music reactivated his desire to compose, bringing him two years of private study with David Diamond in Florence, Italy. “Diamond was not only a terrific teacher,” Thorne recalls, “but he was finally my real mentor and inspiration as far as serious musical composition was concerned.” In 1964, Thorne’s first mature work, Elegy for Orchestra, received high praise at its premiere by the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Eugene Ormandy conducting.

His catalogue now comprises close to 100 pieces in a variety of genres. Maintaining his jazz credentials, Thorne has crossed over into the world of cabaret styles. As pianist and singer, with bassist Jack Six, he has recorded for CRI two albums of standards and rarities: “Irving Berlin Songs” and “Porter On My Mind.”



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

Burlesque Overture
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Rhapsodic Variations No. 1
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Seven Set Pieces: I. Grotesque I - Adagio maestoso; Allegretto misterioso
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Seven Set Pieces: II. Romance - Adagietto
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Seven Set Pieces: III. Jam Session I - Presto vivace
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Seven Set Pieces: IV. Grotesque II - Allegretto
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Seven Set Pieces: V. Chorale Prelude - Adagio semplice
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Seven Set Pieces: VI. Jam Session II - Allegro con fuoco
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Seven Set Pieces: VII. Finale - Andante grazioso; Presto vivace
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Nature Studies: I. Going to Sleep in The Country
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Nature Studies: II. The Cricket
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Nature Studies: III. Looking Up
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Liebesrock
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