Frank / Olan
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL419     Release Date: 2017-08-23
Linda Quan, violin; Paul Dunkel, flute; Robert Miller, piano; Laura Flax, clarinet; Rolf Schulte, violin


Andrew Frank writes:

Sonata Da Camera for Flute, Violin, and Piano, was composed in 1978. Like Arcadia, it was conceived in one broad movement consisting of contrasting sections. Lyrical passages give way to those of a more abrupt nature, and there is a continuous shifting of mood and character which gives the work its profile.

Arcadia was composed in 1977 and is dedicated to Robert Miller. The one-movement work explores pianistic textures and gestures ranging from pointillistic arabesques to more dense and often violent chordal passages. Arcadia ends as it began, the opening theme group extended registrally and functioning as a coda.

“Both works are representative of my recent composing style. They are pointers, showing me the direction my music is taking, a direction away from the strict serialism of my student years in the sixties and early seventies, and toward a music more open, romantic, and intuitive.”

David Olan writes:

Composition For Clarinet And Tape was composed in 1975-76 and is the first of several pieces in which I combine live performers with electronic tape. The tape was realized at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and employs only electronic sources. Originally, I was interested in composing for instruments and tape in order to use the familiar world of conventional instruments to create a setting for making timbral decisions in the electronic medium. In this piece I also wanted to incorporate the unique characteristics of each medium...

Sonata for violin and piano, written in the summer and fall of 1974 and dedicated to Chester Biscardi, reflects very different concerns from the Composition For Clarinet And Tape. The Sonata is in three movements, each of which is divided into between 8 and 10 sections. Individual sections dwell on and develop a particular gesture or association of gestures and involve a particular way of having the instruments relate to each other, i.e. sharing material vs. each pursuing its own. While the progress of sections is at times smooth and at times abrupt, I hoped that a substantial part of the continuity and drama of each movement and of the piece as a whole would come from the individual sections complementing and contrasting each other as they are heard in succession.”


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Frank / Olan

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Track Listing

Sonata Da Camera
Andrew Frank
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Arcadia
Andrew Frank
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Composition for Clarinet and Tape
David Olan
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Sonata: I. -
David Olan
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Sonata: II. -
David Olan
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Sonata: III. -
David Olan
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