Music of Barker, Kurtz & Gandolfi
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR661     Release Date: 2007-01-01

Rolf Schulte, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Fred Sherry, cello; Robert Hoyle, French horn; Adéle Auviol, violin; Bernard Fauchet, piano; Josephine Gandolfi, piano;Peggy Friedland, flute; The Griffin Music Ensemble: (Gerald Itzkoff, violin; Heidi Yenney, violin; Scott Woolweaver, viola; Andrew Mark, cello; James Orleans, contrabass; Virginia Crumb, harp; Jeffrey Fischer, percussion; Jonathan McPhee, conductor)

Thomas E. Barker was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1954. His academic and professional life centered in Manhattan, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the Juilliard School. He also studied for four years at the Manhattan School of Music, from which he received a diploma and built many important professional relationships. He received a D.M.A. from Columbia University in 1984. Barker was first introduced to music through the guitar. An active performer early on, jazz improvisation was a long-time interest, his musical pursuits were wide-ranging and included conducting, country music, and blues. In his mature music, Barker relied on the twelve-tone method, with, according to the New York Times, “a persuasive sense of conviction and a certain elegance.”

Eugene Kurtz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1923 and studied composition with Bernard Rogers at the Eastman School of Music, where he received a master of arts in 1949. In the same year, he went to Paris to continue his studies with Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, and subsequently with Max Deutsch, former Viennese pupil of Schoenberg. Serial technique and the discovery of the music of Charles Ives proved to be the two most important influences on Kurtz’s musical thought during these formative years. While he has always maintained residence in Paris, he has returned to the United States on different occasions to teach at the University of Michigan, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Illinois, the University of Texas and the Hartt School of Music. Kurtz has written music for the theater, radio, television, and cinema. His works for orchestra and chamber ensemble have been widely performed in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Michael Gandolfi was born in 1956 in Melrose, Massachusetts. His earliest musical involvement was in rock and jazz improvisation beginning at age eight as a self-taught guitarist. As his improvisational skills developed he became increasingly interested in music composition and began formal study in his early teens. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, as well as fellowships for study at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, the Composers Conference, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Gandolfi is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and ASCAP.

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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Track Listing

Trikhyālo
Thomas E. Barker
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Three Pieces for French Horn: I. Lauda
Thomas E. Barker
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Three Pieces for French Horn: II. Apothéoses
Thomas E. Barker
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Three Pieces for French Horn: III. La Chasse
Thomas E. Barker
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From Time to Time
Eugene Kurtz
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Il Ventaglio di Josephine
Michael Gandolfi
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Caution to The Wind: I. Introduction
Michael Gandolfi
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Caution to The Wind: II. Excursion
Michael Gandolfi
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Caution to The Wind: III. Recitative
Michael Gandolfi
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Caution to The Wind: IV. Divisions
Michael Gandolfi
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Caution to The Wind: V. Soliloquy
Michael Gandolfi
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Caution to The Wind: VI. Incursion/Exit
Michael Gandolfi
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