Peter Tod Lewis & Howard Rovics
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL392     Release Date: 2011-02-15
Columbia String Quartet: Benjamin Hudson, violin; Carol Zeavin, violin; Janet Lyman Hill, viola; André Emelianoff, cello; Anne Chamberlain, piano; David Wells, cello; Lee Dougherty, soprano; Sylvia Alexander, flute

Peter Tod Lewis writes:

“This is the first work of mine that uses tape with live instruments. Perhaps therefore, the tape is comparatively unsophisticated, utilizing concrete sources primarily, with simple tape techniques (compare with Gestes, on CRI 324). The tape sounds are intended as mere sonic adjuncts at first, but then provide the background for the extended 'effects field' in the 2nd movement, and finally obliterate the live instruments briefly just before the closing sonority. Characteristic electronic concerns — timbral variation, complex articulations — are made essential materials of the instrumental writing.

“This work asserts that sonic events/noises are as important in listening to music as notated pitches.

Howard Rovics writes:

"The five compositions here were written during a six year period, 1965 to 1971, when I was most influenced by Stefan Wolpe's work. The three vocal compositions are in the tradition of Wolpe's Hebrew Songs. Piece for Cello, Piano & Electronic Tape is the least like any of Wolpe's compositions, the electronic music studio stimulating new directions of thought, while Events, dedicated to Wolpe, is a personal tribute to him as a teacher and composer.


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. Liner notes are accessible via the link above.

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Peter Tod Lewis & Howard Rovics

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Track Listing

Signs and Circuits
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Piece for Cello, Piano and Electronic Tape
Howard Rovics
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What Grandma Knew
Howard Rovics
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Look, Friend at Me
Howard Rovics
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Events
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Echo
Howard Rovics
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