Music of Paul Cooper
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR687     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Duo Patterson: (Ronald Patterson, violin; Roxanna Patterson, viola); The Shepherd String Quartet: (Ronald Patterson, violin; Raphael Fliegel, violin; Wayne Crouse, viola; Shirley Trepel, cello)

The music of Paul Cooper includes a large number of works that have been published, performed, and recorded throughout the United States and Europe. His highly selective catalogue includes six symphonies, six concertos, six string quartets, four oratorios, and a vast amount of instrumental and vocal chamber music. Ross Lee Finney comments, “[Cooper’s] music has deep emotional motivation and at the same time a simplicity and clarity that comes from his mastery of craft. The inner fabric is so subtle and the melodic flow so natural that on each hearing I find relationships I had not previously noted. Perhaps I like his music so much because his roots are so much like my own.”

Like his large-scale instrumental works, Cooper’s chamber music is characterized by clarity of texture and form, idiomatic writing, and a deeply expressive harmonic palette. Standing at the core of the chamber music are the six string quartets. From the first (1952, rev. 1978) to the sixth (1978), these highly intimate, evocative and otherworldly works rely on different musical vocabularies, but share a common thread of expression that ties them together as if they were one work.


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).

Duo Patterson

Music of Paul Cooper

MP3/320 $9.99
FLAC $9.99
WAV $9.99
CD $15.99

Track Listing

Verses: I
Paul Cooper
Buy
Verses: II
Paul Cooper
Buy
Verses: III
Paul Cooper
Buy
Verses: IV
Paul Cooper
Buy
Verses: V
Paul Cooper
Buy
String Quartet No. 5 (Umbrae): I.
Paul Cooper
Buy
String Quartet No. 5 (Umbrae): II.
Paul Cooper
Buy
String Quartet No. 5 (Umbrae): III.
Paul Cooper
Buy
String Quartet No. 5 (Umbrae): IV.
Paul Cooper
Buy
Canons D'Amour: I.
Paul Cooper
Buy
Canons D'Amour: II.
Paul Cooper
Buy
Canons D'Amour: III.
Paul Cooper
Buy
Canons D'Amour: IV.
Paul Cooper
Buy
Canons D'Amour: V.
Paul Cooper
Buy
String Quartet No. 6: I.
Paul Cooper
Buy
String Quartet No. 6: II.
Paul Cooper
Buy
String Quartet No. 6: III.
Paul Cooper
Buy