Music of Paul Chihara
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR815     Release Date: 1999-01-01
Harvey Pittel, saxophone; The Louisville Orchestra; Akira Endo, Conductor; Sheridon Strokes, bass flute; Craig Kupka, trombone; Kenny Sawhill, trombone; Robert Ose, trombone; Roger Bobo, tuba; Karen Ervin, percussion; Kenneth Watson, percussion; Paul Chihara, percussion; Bertram Turetzky, bass; The Philadelphia Quartet: (Veda Reynolds, violin; Irwin Eisenbergm, violin; Alan Iglitzin, viola; Charles Brennand, cello) Chorus of the New England Conservatory; Lorna Cooke deVaron, Conductor

The music on this album represents various stages in my compositional development in the years before the worlds of Ballet, Broadway, and Hollywood changed my musical style and life forever. The transition was for me gradual, inevitable, occasionally triumphant, and a great deal of fun—as well as agonizing and frustrating with tears and failure along the way.
—Paul Chihara, Los Angeles, November 29, 1998

Paul Seiko Chihara was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1938. He received his doctorate degree (D.M.A.) from Cornell University in 1965 as a student of Robert Palmer. Mr. Chihara also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Ernst Pepping in Berlin, and with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony. With Toru Takemitsu, Chihara was composer-in-residence at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont in 1971. Chihara is currently on the faculty at UCLA and was also the first composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Neville Marriner, conductor. Mr. Chihara’s prize-winning concert works have been performed in most major cities and arts centers in the United States and Europe. His numerous commissions and awards include those from The Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Active on Broadway as well as in the ballet world, Mr. Chihara was composer- in-residence at the San Francisco Ballet from 1973 to 1986. Mr. Chihara’s works have been widely recorded. His compositions appear on BMG Records, Reference Recordings, CRI, Music and Arts, Vox Candide, New World Records, and The Louisville Orchestra First Editions Records.

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).

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Track Listing

Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra: I. Andante
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Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra: II. Moderato
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Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra: III. Allegro comodo
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Forest Music
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Willow, Willow
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Logs
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Branches
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Driftwood
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Missa Carminum Brevis: I. Kyrie - Sally Gardens
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Missa Carminum Brevis: II. Benedictus - The Houlihan
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Missa Carminum Brevis: III. Agnus Dei - I once loved a boy
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Magnificat
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