Music of David Van Vactor
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR829     Release Date: 1999-01-01
Willy Schmidt, flute; Karl-Hermann Seyfried, flute; Werner Peschke, flute; Charlotte Cassedanne-Haase, harp; Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra; David Van Vactor, Conductor; Karen Keyes, piano; Keith Bryan, flute

In the late 20th century, condemnation of the “academic” composer became commonplace to the point of cliché. Nevertheless in the United States, with the exception of a few glamorous figures, most concert music of the 20th century was produced by composers who lived and worked in universities. The academic American has tended to have more free time greater longevity, and ultimately more aethetic stimulation than the “starving artist.” It is thus not surprising that academics have proven to be more productive, and more successful, too.

One of the most prolific and continually serious composers of the generation that came of age during the 1930s and `40s was David Van Vactor, who died in Los Angeles in 1994. An artist who spent most of his long career in an academic environment, Van Vactor thrived and flourished as founder and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. There he also served as music director of the Knoxville Symphony, from 1947 to 1972; he also served on the faculty of the Kansas City Conservatory, and was assistant conductor of that city's Philharmonic Orchestra. The opportunities he gained through teaching and conducting fostered a substantial compositional achievement, which is only now being appreciated for its full worth.


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).

Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Music of David Van Vactor

MP3/320 $9.99
FLAC $9.99
WAV $9.99
CD $15.99

Track Listing

Ode - Adagio quasi andante
David Van Vactor
Buy
Four Etudes for Winds & Percussion: I. Lento-Allegro
David Van Vactor
Buy
Four Etudes for Winds & Percussion: II. Adagio lugubre
David Van Vactor
Buy
Four Etudes for Winds & Percussion: III. Scherzetto-con allegria
David Van Vactor
Buy
Four Etudes for Winds & Percussion: IV. Allegro moderato e giusto
David Van Vactor
Buy
Concerto A Quattro for Three Flutes & Harp: I. Andante sostenuto - (without pause) II - Adagio
David Van Vactor
Buy
Concerto A Quattro for Three Flutes & Harp: III. Allegro giocoso
David Van Vactor
Buy
Sonatina for Flute & Piano: I. Allegro moderato
David Van Vactor
Buy
Sonatina for Flute & Piano: II. Adagio
David Van Vactor
Buy
Sonatina for Flute & Piano: III. Allegro giocoso
David Van Vactor
Buy
Pastoral & Dance: I. Largo - (without pause) II. Allegro moderato e giocoso
David Van Vactor
Buy
Introduction & Presto
David Van Vactor
Buy