Margaret Brouwer: Crosswinds
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR821     Release Date: 1999-01-01
The Cassatt String Quartet: (Muneko Otani, violin; Jennifer Leshnower, violin; Kelley Mikkelsen, cello; Michiko Oshima, viola); Daniel Silver, clarinet; Cleveland Institute of Music New Music Ensemble; Timothy Weiss, conductor; Alice Weinreb, flute; Kristin Thelander, horn; Réne Lecuona, piano

Margaret Brouwer was born in 1940 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Also a trained violinist, she holds a doctorate in composition from Indiana University. From 1992 to 1997, she was composer-in-residence for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. She is currently head of the composition department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Brouwer’s published works, dating from the 1980s and ‘90s, show a concern with the proportions between consonance and dissonance, and between different gradations of tonal vs. atonal writing. Brouwer’s approach varies from piece to piece according to what is called for by a given context. In general, her music is characterized by an immediacy of expression and a certain “natural” feel: no abstract theoretical considerations seem to stand between the composer and the music. Brouwer’s sources of inspiration may often be found, instead, in concrete life situations. Landscapes, works of art, the impressions left by books read, or personal events such as the death of a loved one, are all to be drawn upon—and Brouwer’s reactions to these stimuli are those of a musical mind striving for great clarity and simplicity.

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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Margaret Brouwer: Crosswinds

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Track Listing

Crosswinds: I. Blue Ridges, Dappled Sunlight, Mountain Waltz
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Crosswinds: III. Dusk
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Crosswinds: III. Oldtime Fiddles: High, Low, Lower
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Prelude and Vivace: I. Prelude
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Prelude and Vivace: II. Vivace Ritmico
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Diary of an Alien: I. A Call for Action
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Diary of an Alien: II. Drifting
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Diary of an Alien: III. No Rotary Phone
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Diary of an Alien: IV. Somewhere The Bells
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Sonata for Horn and Piano: I. Hymn
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Sonata for Horn and Piano: II. Riding to Higher Clouds
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