Frederic Goossen: Chamber Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR665     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Steinerius Duo: (Myron Kartman, violin; William Henderson, piano); Scott Bridges, clarinet; Patricia Perez Hood, piano


Like most composers, I suppose, I prefer to work on commission and can respond well to deadlines. The realization that someone or a group of someones wants music from me is a powerful stimulus to write it. Although every composer answers to an inner compulsion, writing music in the abstract is for a professional composer as unsatisfying as most abstractions, and I think few composers relish the illusory “freedom” of writing music to no specific end.

The works of this recording all resulted from commissions and, as such, were written under specific sets of circumstances worked out between commissioners and composer. Far from inhibiting one’s imaginative powers, such limits serve to channel creative energy. To know what is wanted or demanded is to know where to direct one’s attention and technique...

Stravinsky remarked, late in life, that the composer’s sole duty to music is to invent it. I subscribe to that view. The essential element is to gain sufficient mastery over one’s thoughts and musical ideas so as to project them in a manner that will reflect the original musical impulse that gave rise to them. To accomplish that goal is a rare achievement
—Frederic Goossen


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

Clasulae: I. Deliberato
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Clasulae: II. Allegro vivo
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Clasulae: III. Allegro
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Clasulae: IV. Andante
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Clasulae: V. Allegro vivo e feroce
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Clasulae: VI. Andante
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Clasulae: VII. Adagio
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Sonata for Clarinet in B♭ and Piano: I. Con Moto: steady
Frederic Goossen
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Sonata for Clarinet in B♭ and Piano: II. Tempo di Siciliano
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Sonata for Clarinet in B♭ and Piano: III. Risoluto
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Temple Music: I. Allegro ma non troppo
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Temple Music: II. Moderato
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Temple Music: III. Pesante
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