Columbia String Quartet: Benjamin Hudson, violin; Carol Zeavin, violin; Janet Lyman Hill, viola; André Emelianoff, cello; Steven Schick, percussion
Members of the Center for New Music Ensemble: Claire Hillard, violin; Connie Lorber, viola; James Reck, cello; Jane Walker, flute, piccolo; John R. Melton, trombone; Marsha Johnson, piano; Michael Geary, percussion; William Hibbard, Conductor; John Ferrell, violin; James Avery, piano
In recalling Peter Tod Lewis, as one of his former students, I feel as though I am taking a very deep breath. His works are open-ended and expansive as was his teaching. I remember the excitement I felt as he turned to the ancient Moog synthesizer and began to demonstrate a patch he had just discussed. I remember him once mugging while pretending to file his fingertips like a safecracker, and the loving manner in which he touched the instrument. As he began to refine and shape a sound, he drifted away, listening carefully and marvelling at where his experiments took us. The point of the lesson was the method, the necessity of diving in and getting your hands dirty, and the necessity of hearing the intricate details of the sound you create.
Peter Tod Lewis (1932-1982) spent his formative years both on the east coast and in California. His principal teachers included Lukas Foss, Arthur Berger, Irving Fine, Wolfgang Fortner, and Roberto Gerhard.
Lewis served as Director of the Electronic Music Studios at The University of Iowa from 1969 until his death in 1982. Earlier in his career he received the Wechsler Commission at Tanglewood and fellowships at the Huntington Hartford Foundation and at the MacDowell Colony for artists and composers. Before coming to The University of Iowa, he lived abroad, chiefly in Mallorca. In 1975 he received a faculty research grant enabling him to serve as visiting composer at the Instituut voor Sonologie in Utrecht and the Groupe de Musique Exprimentale in Bourges...
Peter Tod Lewis' life was cut tragically short when he died of cancer in 1982. This disc collaboration of Peter's family, former students, colleagues and friends is intended as both a loving tribute and memorial to him and a document of his creative and influential life and work. - Michael Farley
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. Liner notes are accessible via the link above.