Music of Howard Boatwright
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR775     Release Date: 1998-01-01
Michael Webster, clarinet; Barry Snyder, piano; Howard Boatwright, violin; Manhattan String Quartet: Eric Lewis, violin; Roy Lewis, violin; John Dexter, viola; Judith Glyde, cello

About his approach to musical composition, with particular reference to the works on this compact disc, Howard Boatwright has provided the following notes:

My music has always been tied to the circumstances of my musical life, as it has been with most composers. Consequently, the music written during the years in New Haven was primarily choral (because of the connection to St. Thomas Church), or chamber music (because of the many concerts at Yale).

The change from New Haven to Syracuse in 1964 brought a change also in the motivations for composing. There was no specific need for church music or chamber music, nor was there any need to hold on to or to teach according to the ideas of my mentor, Paul Hindemith - in particular, his antipathy to the modern Viennese school. An important influence in Syracuse as a colleague and friend was the violinist, Louis Krasner, whose early recording of the Berg Violin Concerto I had treasured since the twelve-inch disks came out in the early forties. Krasner had been a Syracuse faculty member since 1949, and was the founder of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music. Through him, with his many anecdotes about the circle of Schoenberg and performances that he gave or arranged, I was exposed to more music of the Viennese school than during the whole nineteen years in New Haven.

A result of this change of environment was that I decided I had to come to grips with fully chromatic music not relying on tonal functions for its clarity of form and expression. I began to experiment with methods of regulating an even flow of chromatic pitches with methods that did not, however, rely on pre-arranged tone rows. The resulting music would therefore be totally chromatic, but not "serial."

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).

Howard Boatwright

Music of Howard Boatwright

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Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: I. Allegretto piacevole
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Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: II. Lento espressivo
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Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: III. Allegro scherzando
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Sonata for Clarinet and Piano: IV. Allegro moderato
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: I. Prelude - molto tranquillo
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: II. Fugue I - Molto moderato, deciso
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: III. Fugue II
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: IV. Fugue III (Siciliano) - Tranquillo
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: V. Caprice I (Improvisation on a Motive) - Molto energico
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: VI. Caprice II (Perpetual Motion) - Quasi presto
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: VII. Nocturne - Lento, espressivo
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: VIII. Fugue IV - Grazioso, molto deliberato
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: IX. Fugue V - Scherzando, non troppo allegro
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: X. Fantasy - Molto liberamente
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: XI. Chaconne - Maestoso, molto posato
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Twelve Pieces for Solo Violin: XII. Caprice III - Molto vivace
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String Quartet No. 2: I. Allegro moderato, deciso
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String Quartet No. 2: II. Adagietto
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String Quartet No. 2: III. Scherzo - Vivace ma non troppo & IV. Adagio - Rondo - Allegro vivace
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