Music of Arthur Berger
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR622     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Paul Jacobs, piano; Gilbert Kalish, piano; Brandeis Festival Orchestra; Izler Solomon, Conductor; Lenox Quartet: [Peter Marsh, violin; Theodora Mantz, violin; Paul Hersh, viola; Donald McCall, cello]; Robert Helps, piano; Columbia Chamber Ensemble; Gunther Schuller, Conductor


Arthur Berger was born in New York City in 1912 and died in Boston in 2003. He studied composition and theory with Nadia Boulanger, Milhaud and Piston. In his early career, he espoused the cause of new music, became its spokesman and was among the first to recognize the significance of Charles Ives.

As a composer, chamber and piano music represent a sizable portion of Berger’s output. Virgil Thomson called his Quartet in C Major for Woodwinds (1941) “one of the most satisfactory pieces for winds in the whole modern repertory.” His String Quartet (1958) received the New York Critics Circle Citation in 1962. Among his larger works are Serenade Concertante (1944) written for the CBS Orchestra and Ideas of Order (1952), commissioned by Dimitri Mitropoulos for the New York Philharmonic, the success of which led to a full page story in Time.

As critic and theorist, Berger has contributed articles, some of a rigorous analytical nature, to numerous periodicals and books. He is author of the first book on Aaron Copland and was founding editor of Perspectives of New Music. Berger’s
labeling of the “octatonic scale” in his essay, “Problems of Pitch Organization in Stravinsky,” remains widely in use today.


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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Three Pieces for Two Pianos: I. quarter-note = ca. 80
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Three Pieces for Two Pianos: II. quarter-note = ca. 56
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Three Pieces for Two Pianos: III. quarter-note = ca. 80
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Serenade Concertante
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String Quartet: I. Toccata
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String Quartet: II. Cantabile
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String Quartet: III. Leggiero e sotto voce
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String Quartet: IV. Tranquillo
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String Quartet: V. Intermezzo
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String Quartet: VI. Coda
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Two Episodes: I. Poco adagio
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Two Episodes: II. Allegro molto moderato
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Chamber Music for 13 Players: I. Variations
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Chamber Music for 13 Players: II. Allegro moderato, leggiero
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