Music of Frank Wigglesworth
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR733     Release Date: 1996-01-01
The Vienna Orchestra; F. Charles Adler, conductor; Andrew Bolotowsky, Baroque flute; The Choir of the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields; Kathy Fink, Elizabeth Brown and Jeanne Wilson, flutes; Kevin James and David Taylor, trombones; David Shuler, conductor; Evan Ziporyn, bass clarinet; Samuel Baron, flute; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Sunghae Anna Lim, violin; The Choir of the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields; Kathy Fink, Elizabeth Brown and Jeanne Wilson, flutes; Kevin James and David Taylor, trombones

Though he was a fixture on the cosmopolitan New York new music scene for more than forty years and also a close colleague and friend to such pioneering legends as Cowell, Cage, Varèse and Thomson, composer Frank Wigglesworth (1918- 1996) was a modest man whose music reflected his simple life. His work might be described as neo-classical—it does not reach for the grand gesture but reflects a joy in the making of music for standard instrumentation and traditional occasions. It states its ideas clearly and genially and rewards both the skilled player and the attentive listener...

In The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Otto Luening (with Barbara H. Renton) wrote about Wigglesworth’s genesis of style and his melodic and harmonic techniques: “He has an unusual insight into twentieth-century trends in American composition. His interest in the French Ars Nova, in particular the works of Machaut, was stimulated by Varèse. Wigglesworth’s compositions use sharply defined motifs that expand into phrases and melodic lines, mostly lyric in character but sometimes abstract and even harsh in their effect. Such melodic lines often develop into long linear statements with harmonies used both as punctuation and as chordal accompaniment. His works can be tonal, atonal, and sometimes polytonal and polymodal.”


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Music of Frank Wigglesworth

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Track Listing

Symphony No. 1: I. Allegro
Frank Wigglesworth
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Symphony No. 1: II. Adagio
Frank Wigglesworth
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Symphony No. 1: III. Allegretto
Frank Wigglesworth
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Symphony No. 1: IV. Adagio-Presto
Frank Wigglesworth
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Twin Songs
Frank Wigglesworth
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A Short Mass: I. Kyrie
Frank Wigglesworth
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A Short Mass: II. Gloria
Frank Wigglesworth
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Summer Music
Frank Wigglesworth
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A Short Mass: III. Sanctus
Frank Wigglesworth
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A Short Mass: IV. Benedictus
Frank Wigglesworth
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Lake Music
Frank Wigglesworth
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A Short Mass: V. Agnus Dei
Frank Wigglesworth
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Trillium
Frank Wigglesworth
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Psalm 148
Frank Wigglesworth
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