Music of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich & Eleanor Cory
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR621     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Boston Musica Viva; Richard Pittman, Conductor; New York String Quartet: [William Fitzpatrick, violin; Paul Kanto, violin; Brian Dembow, viola; Stephen Erdody, cello]; Joseph Zwilich, violin; James Gemmell, piano; Christopher Finckel, cello; Allen Blustine, clarinet; Aleck Karis, piano; Arioso Trio: [Benjamin Hudson, violin; Judith Davidoff, cello; Harold Lewin, piano]

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (b Miami, Florida, 1939) won the Pulitzer Prize in music for her Symphony No. 1 (Three Movements for Orchestra), a work commissioned and premiered by the American Composers Orchestra under the direction of Gunther Schuller. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in music.

Her life in music began with studies of the piano, the trumpet, and violin. For a number of years, Zwilich was an active violinist in the New York free-lance scene, and she was a member of the American Symphony Orchestra during the music directorship of Leopold Stokowski. She began composing at age ten, and later she wrote music for her high school band to play. She studied at Florida State University, where she came into contact with Ernst von Dohnányi, and later she studied at Juilliard where her principal teachers of composition were Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions. Pierre Boulez introduced her Symposium (1973) with the Juilliard Orchestra, and her String Quartet (1974) consolidated her reputation when it had its premiere during the ISCM World Music Days in Boston.

Eleanor Cory studied composition with Meyer Kupferman at Sarah Lawrence College; Charles Wuorinen at the New England Conservatory; and Chou Wen-Chung and Bülent Arel at Columbia University. She received her DMA from Columbia. She has taught at Yale University, Baruch College- CUNY , Manhattan College, Brooklyn College-CUNY , the New School for Social Research, and Kingsborough Community College-CUNY.

Her work has been recognized by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts; New York Foundation for the Arts; Yale University; MacDowell Colony; and Meet the Composer. She has receiv- ed an American Composers Alliance Recording Award as well as prizes from the Hollybush and Kucyna International Composition competitions; the Music of Changes, International New Music, Davenport, and New Jersey Guild of Composers competitions.


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Track Listing

Chamber Symphony
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String Quartet: I
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String Quartet: II
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String Quartet: III
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String Quartet: IV
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Sonata in Three Movements: I. Liberamente
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Sonata in Three Movements: II. Lento e molto espressivo
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Sonata in Three Movements: III. Allegro vivo e con brio
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Profiles: I. Quarter Note = 66
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Profiles: II. Adagio; piu mosso
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Profiles: III. Eighth note = 160
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Apertures
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Designs
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