Music of Chester Biscardi and David Olan
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR565     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Anthony de Mare, piano; Laura Flax, clarinet; Judith Bettina, soprano; New Jersey Percussion Ensemble at William Patterson College; Gary Van Dyke, conductor; Peter Jarvis, conductor

Since the early 1970s, I have been interested in the ways literature and painting influence musical ideas and form— how literary images or use of color can inspire everything from the smallest melodic shape to a work’s overall structure. The first three pieces on this disc are the result of this exploration.
—Chester Biscardi

Chester Biscardi’s (b 1948) works have been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the BBC London, the RAI Orchestra-Rome, and Music Today-Japan, among others. Biscardi is the recipient of the Prix de Rome, an Ives Scholarship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Born in 1948 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he holds an M.A. in Italian Literature, an M.M. in musical composition from the University of Wisconsin, and a DMA from Yale.

These three pieces combine live performers with pre-recorded magnetic tape. In each piece the performer has cues for the tape part in his score and is expected to coordinate his performance with the tape.
—David Olan

David Olan (b 1948) has composed six pieces for live performers and electronic sounds. His works also include orchestral, chamber, and solo compositions which have been commissioned and performed by such organizations as the American Composers Orchestra, Parnassus, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and the New Music Consort. Among his awards are Guggenheim, NEA, and CAPS Fellowships, and commissions from the Jerome Foundation and the Serge Koussevitsky Foundation in the Library of Congress. Born in 1948 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Olan holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin.



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Music of Chester Biscardi and David Olan

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Track Listing

Piano Sonata
Chester Biscardi
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Mestiere
Chester Biscardi
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Trasumanar
Chester Biscardi
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Composition for Clarinet and Tape
David Olan
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After Great Pain
David Olan
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Prism
David Olan
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