Kerr: Violin Cto.; Cowell: Symphony No. 7
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL142     Release Date: 2010-05-01

Wolfgang Stavonhagen, violin; The Imperial Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo;
The Vienna Symphony Orchestra; William Strickland, conductor

Composed from 1950 to 1951, the Harrison Kerr's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was somewhat revised in the early part of 1956. It was the later version that has been used for this recording. The Concerto is cast in three movements: I. Andante quasi largo, Allegretto, Allegro; II. Lento; III. Allegro moderato. The three movements are closely related thematically, i.e., the principal and secondary themes of the third movement are derived from those of the first. There is also a reference to the so-called B section of the second movement.

The Concerto is predominantly polyphonic in texture and, although it frequently gives the impression of being twelve-tone in conception, it is not strictly so at any time.

Henry Cowell’s reputation was first established in Europe and the United States by his earlier techniques of dissonance, harmony and polyphony. Well-known examples are the piano pieces of 1912 through 1929 or the orchestral compositions, Synchrony (1932) and the Sinfonietta (1928). The Seventh Symphony of Cowell marks the absorption of these techniques into his modal style. In this work diatonic melodies meet and cross, and the resulting dissonance forms the natural basis for his harmonic language.

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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: I. Andante quasi largo - Allegretto - Allegro
Harrison Kerr
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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: II. Lento
Harrison Kerr
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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: III. Allegro moderato
Harrison Kerr
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Symphony No. 7: I. Maestoso
Henry Cowell
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Symphony No. 7: II. Andante
Henry Cowell
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Symphony No. 7: III. Presto
Henry Cowell
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Symphony No. 7: IV. Maestoso
Henry Cowell
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