Music of Gerald Levinson
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR642     Release Date: 1991-01-01
André Emelianoff, violoncello; Peter Basquin, piano; Paul Hostetter and Benjamin Ramirez, percussion; James Freeman and Charles Abramovic, pianos; Constance Beavon, mezzo-soprano; Orchestra 2001: (Pamela Guidetti, flute/alto flute/piccolo; Dorothy Freeman, oboe/English horn; Allison Herz, clarinet; Dong Jin Kim, clarinet/bass clarinet; Barbara Sonies, violin; Lori Barnet, violoncello; and Charles Abramovic, piano; James Freeman, conductor)


America: Bali. Any listener to this record – and maybe you should listen first, then begin to wonder – will recognize the places out of which Gerald Levinson’s music has grown. Distinctively American, one might easily decide, is the dynamism, the virtuosity, the exploring; distinctively Balinese, very often, the sound world, and the sense that vitality and sensuousness are one. That much is obvious. The more essential matters concern what happens next and perhaps the first further lesson of Levinson’s music is that the western and the oriental are not separable; that there can be not only linkage but fusion, the kind of fusion out of which births are made.

Levinson was born in 1951, and as a boy learned the piano and later the clarinet. He then studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where his composition teachers included George Crumb, Richard Wernick and George Rochberg; he also attended Bruno Maderna’s classes at Tanglewood in 1971. The next year he went on to the University of Chicago, and there studied with Ralph Shapey. From 1974 to 1976 he was a pupil of Olivier Messiaen in Paris—one of the last in a line of alumni that included Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Iannis Xenakis...



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Dreamlight: I. Very slow, meditative
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Dreamlight: II. Poco pesante
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Dreamlight: III. Very slow, suspended
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Bronze Music
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Black Magic / White Magic: I. Prelude
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Black Magic / White Magic: II.Bright Wish
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Black Magic / White Magic: III. Green
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Black Magic / White Magic: IV. The Hummingbird
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Black Magic / White Magic: V. The Tropics
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Black Magic / White Magic: VI. Twilight
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Black Magic / White Magic: VII. The Night Herd
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Black Magic / White Magic: VIII. Serpent Song
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Black Magic / White Magic: IX. Piscivorous Jack
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Black Magic / White Magic: X. Stones Song
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Black Magic / White Magic: XI. Lilacs
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Black Magic / White Magic: XII. Envoi (The Pheasant)
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Morning Star
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