Music of Nature and the Gods
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL326     Release Date: 2010-11-15
The Macalester Trio: [Joseph Roche, violin; Donald Betts, piano; Eric Wahlin, cello] George Shirley, tenor; Stanley Drucker, clarinet; Kenneth Gordon, violin; Ilse Sass, piano; Kermit Moore, cello

Tumburu is the name of the Indian god of music. The trio was completed on April 20, 1973.

The music is conceived with long melodic lines, in some places Indian in feeling and suggesting certain Indian ragas. In other places there is a feeling akin to Gagaku, an ancient form of music which flourished in Tang Dynasty China in the sixth and seventh centuries and is in part still preserved in Japan. I have not imitated or suggested Gagaku melodies or harmonies but have created my own melodies and harmonies which I attach in imagination to the Gagaku spirit. The music begins out of nothingness, mysteriously, and at the end dissolves again into nothingness and mystery.

Varuna is the name of another ancient Indian god. The trio was completed on December 12, 1973.

Varuna is described as "shining with a somber light," and is especially linked with the moon. The two gods, Mithra and Varuna, maintain universal order. Mithra, as the sun, shines by day; Varuna, as the moon, shines by night, Varuna is lord of physical and moral order. "He follows the track of the birds which fly in the sky like the wake of a ship ploughing through the waves, and he knows the past and the future." —notes by Alan Hovhaness

Vally Weigl's Nature Moods was written in 1956 on poems from "The Green Kingdom" by the New York poet and horticulturist, Harry Woodbourne. It is dedicated to Stanley Drucker, solo clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, who played its first performance at a New York City Music Festival, over WNYC, and at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1958. After a performance at the Louisville Music Festival in 1962, William Motz wrote in the Louisville Courier- Journal: "The lyrics speak of loneliness and muted pain through symbols that call up the sounds and sights of nature ... a setting of shimmering beauty. Clarinet and violin weave around the voice, echoing its moods and sometimes imitating the sound of a lost bird or a murmuring insect."

New England Suite is a work of refreshing charm, skillfully scored for three instruments. The different timbres are artfully blended to create a well nigh homogeneous web of sound. Without in any way being "avant garde" or couched in the more fashionable idioms of the day, the New England Suite achieves its own distinction and individuality.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Full liner notes are accessible via the link above.

Various Artists

Music of Nature and the Gods

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Track Listing

Tumburu, Op. 264, No.1: I. Moderato espressivo
Alan Hovhaness
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Tumburu, Op. 264, No.1: II. Allegro
Alan Hovhaness
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Tumburu, Op. 264, No.1: III. Senza misura - Andante espressivo
Alan Hovhaness
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Tumburu, Op. 264, No.1: IV. Moderato - Allegro
Alan Hovhaness
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Tumburu, Op. 264, No.1: V. Moderato espressivo
Alan Hovhaness
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Varuna, Op. 264, No. 2: I. Moderato
Alan Hovhaness
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Varuna, Op. 264, No. 2: II. Allegro
Alan Hovhaness
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Varuna, Op. 264, No. 2: III. Andante
Alan Hovhaness
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Varuna, Op. 264, No. 2: IV. Andante espressivo
Alan Hovhaness
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Nature Moods: I. Whippoorwill
Vally Weigl
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Nature Moods: II. Winter Reverie
Vally Weigl
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Nature Moods: III. Afterthoughts
Vally Weigl
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Nature Moods: IV. Insect Orchestra
Vally Weigl
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Nature Moods: V. Gardener's Prayer
Vally Weigl
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New England Suite: I. Vermont Nocturne
Vally Weigl
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New England Suite: II. Maine Interlude
Vally Weigl
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New England Suite: III. Berkshire Pastorale
Vally Weigl
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New England Suite: IV. Connecticut Country Fair
Vally Weigl
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