Martin Bresnick; Jeffrey Mumford
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL468     Release Date: 2011-04-15
Robert Dick, flute; Richard Bock, cello; Barbro Dahlman, piano; Helmut Braunlich, violin; New York String Quartet: [William Fitzpatrick, violin; Brian Dembow, violin; Robert Becker, viola; Stephen Erdody, cello]

Martin Bresnick writes:

Conspiracies is virtually a concerto for solo flute and flute orchestra. After a short passage that positions the music in its location in space, the soloist plays a series of cadenzas. These lead to the body of the work whose principal spirit is one of an almost athletic playing with the possibilities available to the flute, and their movements through the illusory space of music...

"The virtuoso movements of Three Intermezzi, though similar in thematic materials, are contrasting in character. Each movement reveals a different aspect of the cello's (and cellist's) personality; a dark intensity, a freer jazz-like spirit, and, finally, a movement that moves from a near parody of a conventional A-string solo, to a true technical tour-de-force. At the conclusion, the performer plays a duet with both left and right hands on the fingerboard.

Jeffrey Mumford writes:

"The two works on this record were written during roughly the same period in Washington, D.C. I had to interrupt work on the Quartet to fulfill a commission for a work for violin and piano, which became Linear Cycles II. Linear Cycles II was premiered by the performers on this record on February 20, 1978, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Contemporary Music Forum. It is dedicated to Margaret Murata.

"Linear Cycles II was among the first of my works to address what has come to be known as 'cyclic developmental' form. It is transparent in nature, often using techniques that are further elaborated in the Quartet, specifically, the assignment of 'behavioral' constraints relative to instrumental characters.



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Track Listing

Conspiracies
Martin Bresnick
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Three Intermezzi: I. -
Martin Bresnick
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Three Intermezzi: II. -
Martin Bresnick
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Three Intermezzi: III. -
Martin Bresnick
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Linear Cycles II
Jeffrey Mumford
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Quartet No. 3 for Strings
Jeffrey Mumford
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