Modern Instrumental Music
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL321     Release Date: 2010-11-15
Boston Musica Viva: John Heiss, flute; Jay Humeston, cello; Evelyn Zuckerman, piano; William Wrzesien, clarinet; Richard Pittman, Conductor; Trix Kout, flute; Paul Dunkel, flute; University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players: Paul Gorski, violin; Mary Marsh, viola; Alan Goldman, bass; David Gilbert, flute & piccolo; Dan Fairchild, horn; Charles Rullman, oboe & English horn; Donald DeRoche, clarinet & bass clarinet; Charles Lipp, bassoon & contrabassoon; Ernie Bastin, trumpet; Jon English, trombone; William Parsons, percussion; Herbert Brün, Conductor; Ronald Anderson, trumpet; Thomas Kornacker, violin; Barry Benjamin, horn; Joan Tower, piano; David Walter, bass; Claire Heldrich, percussion; Efrain Guigui, Conductor


John Heiss writes:

"My Quartet (1971) was composed specifically for the members of the Boston Musica Viva and was premiered by them in February of that year. I had their particular abilities and personalities very much in mind during the composing of this work; hence one of the principal threads running through it is a contrast between bold, declamatory writing for the single-line instruments and a more introspective and subtle material in the piano part. Other prominent features are a frequently-recurring motivic figure (long-short-long), build- ups of tension which are suddenly released, a spirit of improvisation (though the work is precisely notated) and a few moments of considerable surprise. All of these factors come to a denouement in the final, free section."

"My Four Movements for Three Flutes (1969) is, in part, an attempt to convey the vitality of the remarkable new sonorities developed on this instrument in recent years. As of 1969 there were many pieces hinting at the potential of such new techniques as double-stops, extended registers, low-register harmonics and the several types of key-clicks, but I knew of no work which attempted either to exploit these as fundamental materials or to fully integrate them with traditional practices. This was therefore an initial motivation.

About Gestures for Eleven, Herbert Brün writes:

"While composing with the assistance of computers, electronics, and tapes, some compositional ideas occurred to me which did not require such assistance. As I care very much for this distinction, these ideas were used for a set of compositions including Gestures for Eleven; Trio for Flute, Bass, Percussion; Six for Five by Two in Pieces for Oboe and Clarinet; Nonet for Chamber Ensemble.

"Gestures for Eleven is a rather difficult piece of chamber music for, and about, the eleven very live musicians who play it. Numerous brief events and small gestures, passing fragments apparently without consequence or elaboration begin to reveal, upon repeated hearing, one continuous event and one large gesture.

Rolv Yttrehus (b. 1926, Duluth, Minn.) studied at the Universities of Minnesota and Michigan, and for four and one half years in Europe. Two of those years were spent at the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. His teachers have been Ross Lee Finney, Nadia Boulanger, Roger Sessions, Aaron Copland, and Goffredo Petrassi.


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Modern Instrumental Music

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Track Listing

Quartet
John Heiss
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Four Movements for Three Flutes: I. -
John Heiss
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Four Movements for Three Flutes: II. -
John Heiss
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Four Movements for Three Flutes: III. -
John Heiss
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Four Movements for Three Flutes: IV. -
John Heiss
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Gestures for Eleven
Herbert BrÌ_n
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Sextet
Rolv Yttrehus
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