Music of Charles Jones
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR819     Release Date: 1999-01-01

Jeffrey Carney, bass; Tomm Roland, percussion; David MacDonald, percussion; Blair McMillen, piano; George Tsontakis, Conductor; Neal Kirkwood, piano; Gregory Purnhagen, baritone; Jacqueline Horner, soprano; Ah-Ling Neu, viola; Joshua Gordon, cello; Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon; Brent Dodson, trumpet; Jacqueline Leclair, oboe; Neal Kirkwood, harpsichord; New York String Quartet: (Paul Zukofsky, violin; Romuald Teco, violin; Jean Dupouy, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello); Gilbert Kalish, piano; Justin Bischof, organ

Charles Jones (1910–1997) born in Tamworth, Canada.on June 21, 1910. At the age of ten he moved to Toronto where he studied the violin and theory. In 1928 he went to New York and studied at the Institute of Musical Art with Sascha Jacobson. He graduated in 1932 with a degree in the violin.

In 1935 Jones entered the Juilliard School on a fellowship. He studied with Bernard Wagenaar and graduated in composition in 1939. He was then sent by Juilliard to teach at Mills College, California. There he met a fellow teacher, the French composer Darius Milhaud. This began a thirty year collaboration between them, first at Mills College, then at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and finally at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Milhaud retired from teaching in America in 1969 and Jones continued at the Aspen Festival as composer-in-residence until 1989.

In 1946 he and his wife moved from California to New York. He began teaching at the Juilliard School in 1954 and later at the Mannes College of Music. Two short periods were spent teaching at the Salzburg Seminar in Austria and at the Bryanston School in England. Jones died on June 6, 1997.

In spite of teaching, Jones considered himself first and foremost a composer. He wrote some ninety works including four symphonies, nine string quartets, vocal scores and many other combinations. He has had music played by the New York Philharmonic; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; the BBC; the National Symphony Orchestra; and the San Francisco, St. Louis, and Dallas Symphonies among many others.


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Track Listing

Sonata da Camera: I. Moderato
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Sonata da Camera: II. Andante
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Sonata da Camera: III. Allegro
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Psalm for Piano
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The Seasons: I. Spring - con moto
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The Seasons: II. Summer - Moderato
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The Seasons: III. Autumn - Allegro
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The Seasons: IV. Winter - Andante
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The Seasons: V-1. Winter: Con moto
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The Seasons: V-2. Winter: Comodo
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String Quartet No. 6
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Sonatina for Violin and Piano: I. Allegro
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Sonatina for Violin and Piano: II. Larghetto
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Sonatina for Violin and Piano: III. Allegro deciso
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Emblemata
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