McLean / Eakin / Hamilton / Hutcheson: Piano Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL407     Release Date: 2011-02-15
David Burge, piano; Lois Svard Burge, piano

Barton McLean writes:

“The basic challenge to me as a composer is to be able to strip from my work the artificialities of traditional musical syntax such as discrete steps in pitch and rhythm (12 notes to the octave, meters) and to plug in to the more basic sonic forces that populate our natural environment (gesture, timbre, texture). In Dimensions II such forces as the 'civilized man' (represented by the solo piano with its fixed and discrete pitches) interact with 'natural' forces in the tape part in various organic ways.” Dimensions II is dedicated to David Burge.

Charles Eakin writes:

“The Frames of the title are a series of small pieces or variations which may be arranged in any order by the performer (the title is taken from the idea of frames of motion picture film). They are connected by a 'motto' theme which is always recognizable by its evenly spaced bass register chords.

Iain Hamilton writes:

Palinodes was commissioned by the National Federation of Music Clubs of America and was given its premiere at their 1973 convention in Atlantic City by Katharine Wolpe, to whom it is dedicated. Each study deals with different aspects of piano playing and is prefaced by a line from Rimbaud to establish the mood.

Jere Hutcheson writes of his Fantaisie-Impromptu:

“Spiritually, it is a child of the nineteenth century — a bravura display piece. From its sparkling filigree textures, biting accents, and huge walls of sound emerges a world of fantasy in which the listener's inner eye may roam or run with abandon. The structure is perhaps best described as sectional, with the materials constantly treated to transformation. Recurrence of musical thoughts, nevertheless, plays an important role. For instance, the sharply articulated chords-at the beginning return often. Though varied each time, they exert a stabilizing force analogous to that achieved by tonality.”


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McLean / Eakin / Hamilton / Hutcheson: Piano Works

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Track Listing

Dimensions II
Barton McLean
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Frames
Charles Eakin
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Palinodes: I. -
Iain Hamilton
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Palinodes: II. -
Iain Hamilton
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Palinodes: III. -
Iain Hamilton
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Palinodes: IV. -
Iain Hamilton
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Palinodes: V. -
Iain Hamilton
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Palinodes: VI. -
Iain Hamilton
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Palinodes: VII. -
Iain Hamilton
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Fantaisie-Impromptu
Jere Hutcheson
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