Layton: Quartet/Moevs: Sonata
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL136     Release Date: 2010-04-01
Claremont String Quartet - Marc Gottlieb, violin; Vladimir Weisman, violin; William Schoen, viola; Irving Klein, cello; Joseph Bloch, piano

About the String Quartet in Two Movements, composer Billy Jim Layton has this to say: “The quartet was written during 1955 and early 1956 while I was at the American Academy in Rome as a Rome Prize Fellow. It is a composition to which I devoted a great deal of thought and effort and, as I look back on it, it seems to me that it represents a kind of summation of my artistic development and convictions up to that point. In it my aim was to achieve the widest range of expression possible without lapsing into incoherence, by always maintaining the strongest formal control.”

Though the Sonata per Pianoforte by Robert Moevs is not strictly-speaking a “neo-classic” work, if one defines the term narrowly as meaning only the style of certain works by Stravinsky which are patterned on models from earlier periods, or in which deliberate quoted references are made to music of those periods, it nevertheless bears a strong esthetic relationship to such music.
This can be noted, first of all, in the extreme cleanliness of its textures, and in the carefulness with which almost every note in the tonal fabric is considered.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Full liner notes are accessible via the link above.

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Layton: Quartet/Moevs: Sonata

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Track Listing

String Quartet in Two Movements: I.
Billy Jim Layton
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String Quartet in Two Movements: II.
Billy Jim Layton
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Sonata per Pianoforte: I. Preludio
Robert Moevs
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Sonata per Pianoforte: II. Aria
Robert Moevs
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Sonata per Pianoforte: III. Canone
Robert Moevs
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Sonata per Pianoforte: IV. Rondo
Robert Moevs
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