Music of Judith Shatin & Peter Child
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR605     Release Date: 1991-01-01
Renee Siebert, flute; Prism Chamber Orchestra; Robert Black, Conductor; Ariel Quintet: [Clare Nielsen, flute; Charlyn Bethell, oboe; Rebecca Leonard, clarinet; Ellen Donohue-Saltman, French horn; Tracy McGinnis, bassoon];Peggy Pearson, oboe; Joan Heller, soprano; Collage New Music: [Ronan Lefkowitz, violin; James Cook, violin; Roberto Diaz, viola; Joel Moerschel, cello; James Orleans, bass; Randolph Bowman, flute; Fredric T. Cohen, oboe; Robert Annis, clarinet; Frank Epstein, percussion; Christopher Oldfather, piano; David Hoose, Conductor]


Ruah is a Hebrew word that translates as air, wind, or breath. In Kabbalistic mysticism it also refers to the part of the soul that mediates between the body and the spirit. Both the colloquial and spiritual meanings are at work here. The images of breath and air inform the timbral stretching of the flute's sound, with the flutist using voice and breath flow in various conjunctions with played tones...
-Judith Shatin

Each of the four movements of my Wind Quintet (1983) has a broadly improvisatory character. The first two movements, which are connected without a break, feature a great deal of busy figuration and intertwining instrumental colors out of which more sharply defined melodic material periodically emerges. The last two movements are also connected without a break. The third movement is a cheerful scherzo that borrows its rhythmic, textural, and formal features from early jazz. The last movement has an arching, introspective lyric line that is projected chiefly by the oboe. This work was composed in 1983 for the Emmanuel Wind Quintet and was premiered by them the following year.

My Sonatina For Oboe (1986) was specially written for Peggy Pearson. Although it is an unaccompanied one part piece, much of it has an underlying two part structure, and one of the problems for the performer is to convey both parts in much the same way that a single actor might have to convey both parts of a dialogue...

John Clare, known in his day as the Northamptonshire peasant poet, was an untutored, spontaneous, ultimately tragic figure whose poetry is today gradually gaining the wider recognition it deserves. The four poems that are set in Clare Cycle were chosen to represent the principal genres of John Clare's poetry, and in their juxtaposition they are meant to depict an evolution and illumination of their subject matter. The four movements are connected without pause...
- Peter Child


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Track Listing

Ruah: I. Soaring
Judith Shatin
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Ruah: II. Serene
Judith Shatin
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Ruah: III. Impassioned
Judith Shatin
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Wind Quintet: I. Agitated, angular
Peter Child
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Wind Quintet: II. Slow
Peter Child
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Wind Quintet: III. Swing
Peter Child
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Wind Quintet: IV. Slow
Peter Child
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Sonatina for Oboe: I. Invention
Peter Child
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Sonatina for Oboe: II. Air
Peter Child
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Sonatina for Oboe: III. Toccattina
Peter Child
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Clare Cycle: I. The Yellowhammer's Nest
Peter Child
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Clare Cycle: II. Song
Peter Child
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Clare Cycle: III. I Am
Peter Child
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Clare Cycle: IV. Clock a Clay
Peter Child
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