Gay American Composers, Vol. 2
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR750     Release Date: 2007-02-01
Henry Cowell, piano; The Gate Five Ensemble of the University of Illinois: (David Reid, voice, baritone saxophone; Dick Schleppe, alto saxophone; Danlee Mitchell, bamboo marimba, cloud-chamber bowls; Harry Partch, diamond marimba, cloud-chamber bowls); Zola Shaulis, piano; Michael Barrett, piano; Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra; Lukas Foss, conductor; Carroll Glenn, violin; Hilde Somer, piano; New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra; James Bolle, conductor; New Music Quartet: (Broadus Earle, violin; Matthew Raimondi, violin; Walter Trapler, viola; Claus Adam, cello); Jeffrey Krieger, electronic cello; Maro Ajemian, piano

In “Gay American Composers, Volume 1,” which featured the work of mostly living composers, the artists wrote their own fascinating and revealing liner notes. While proudly and frankly acknowledging their sexuality, may of them expressed concern about identifying their music as gay. Volume 2 focuses on deceased composers, many of whom were the most widely acclaimed composers of their time. The intent is not to label their music as gay, but rather to acknowledge that they were gay men and to present characteristic samplings of their work as evidence of the wonderful diversity of American music itself.


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).

Various Artists

Gay American Composers, Vol. 2

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Track Listing

Aeolian Harp
Henry Cowell
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Banshee
Henry Cowell
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Lilt Of The Reel
Henry Cowell
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Ulysses At The Edge of The World
Harry Partch
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Excursions for Piano: I - Un poco allegro
Samuel Barber
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Excursions for Piano: II - In slow blues tempo
Samuel Barber
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Excursions for Piano: III - Allegretto
Samuel Barber
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Excursions for Piano: IV - Allegro molto
Samuel Barber
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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: I - Moderato molto
Marc Blitzstein
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Sonata for Violin & Piano: I - Moderate tempo
Aaron Copland
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Symphony No. 3: I - Allegro moderato
Virgil Thomson
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Symphony No. 3: II - Tempo di valzer
Virgil Thomson
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String Quartet No. 2, Op. 35
Ben Weber
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Ryoanji (excerpt)
John Cage
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Electronic Dance Music - Frail Demons: Dance 1
Alwin Nikolais
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Electronic Dance Music - Tribe: Dance 2
Alwin Nikolais
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Sonata XIII from Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano
John Cage
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