Maurice Wright
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR660     Release Date: 2007-02-01
Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Jody Applebaum, soprano

The compositions of Maurice Wright span the gamut of modern performance possibilities from solo instrumental work to opera and evidence a twenty-year involvement in electronic and computer music.

Maurice Wright was born in Front Royal, Virginia in 1949. Since 1980 he has lived in the Philadelphia area, teaching at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. He has been honored with awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has been commissioned by many of America's leading ensembles including the Emerson String Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, the Parnassus Ensemble, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Wright's evocative orchestral work Night Scenes and his Brass Quintet have been recorded on New World CDs, his Madrigals on a CD from CRI. Other recordings of his music include Sonata (1982) performed by Marc-André Hamelin on New World paired with Ives' Concord Sonata. Village Voice columnist Kyle Gann writes about the first Sonata of Maurice Wright that “to follow this interplay of textures as they shift, dart away and return, is to hear the qualities that make Wright one of the most subtle and eloquent of recent composers.”


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).

Marc-Andre Hamelin

Maurice Wright

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Track Listing

Suite for Piano: Preamble
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Suite for Piano: Interlude; First Scene: Mountain Road
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Suite for Piano: Interlude; Second Scene: The Tempest
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Suite for Piano: Interlude; Third Scene: The River
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Suite for Piano: Interlude; Fourth Scene: The Valley Spirit
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Suite for Piano: Recollection
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Chamber Symphony
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Night Watch: A Breath of Air
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Night Watch: Flower Dump
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Night Watch: Snake
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Night Watch: There Was a Serpent
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Night Watch: An Epilogue
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Sonata II: I - Slow and deliberate
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Sonata II: II - Pensive: subdued
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Sonata II: III - Free
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