Music of Peter Westergaard
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR696     Release Date: 1995-01-01
Valarie Lamoree, soprano; Jack D. Litten, tenor; The Group for Contemporary Music: (Jeanne Benjamin, violin; Sophie Sollberger, flute; Fred Sherry, cello; Donald MacCourt, bassoon, Charles Wuorinen, harpsichord & piano; Raymond DesRoches, percussion; Harvey Sollberger, flute, conductor); Maria Tegzes, soprano; Composers' Ensemble at Princeton: (Jayn Rosenfeld, flute & piccolo; Maria Butler, oboe; Alien Blustine, clarinet & bass clarinet; Chris Gekker, trumpet; John Arrucci, percussion; Elizabeth DiFelice, celesta & piano; Joyce Flammen-Feibel, Theophanis Dymiotis, violins; Louise Schulman, viola; André Emelianoff, cello,; Michael Pratt, conductor)

My second opera, Mr. & Mrs. Discobbolos, a chamber opera after Edward Lear (1965), was started while I was on a Guggenheim grant in 1964–1965 and was finished just in time for the first rehearsal in 1966. It was first performed by the Group for Contemporary Music on March 21, 1966, in Macmillan Theater at Columbia University. The score bears the dedication "to my wife and children."

The manuscript of the Divertimento on Discobbolic Fragments quotes these lines from Mr. & Mrs. Discobbolos:

And all the Discobbolos family flew
In thousands of bits to the sky so blue.

My starting point on the composition of the Divertimento was in the various bits and pieces of music that I had left over after the completion of the opera, and many of the compositional procedures I used were ones I had explored in the pro- cess of composing the opera but had put aside as the single- minded qualities of the opera began to take shape in my mind. (The original title had been Divertimento on Discobbolic Remains, which—despite its accuracy—seemed a little too gruesome in view of what happened to the whole of the clan Discobbolos.) The piece is in six movements and was dedicated to my friends and, at the time, colleagues at Columbia University, Harvey Sollberger and Charles Wuorinen, who first performed it in 1967. 

Ariel Music (1987) consists of five excerpts from my third opera, The Tempest (1990), recast for high soprano and ten instrumentalists. Together they form a portrait of the spirit Ariel as he interacts with various mortals. Ariel Music received its premiere in 1987 with Michael Pratt conducting Karen Smith Emerson and the Composers' Ensemble at Princeton. The present recording was made two years later. The Tempest itself was first performed in July 1994 at the Opera Festival of New Jersey, Michael Pratt conducting.
-Peter Westergaard


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Mr. & Mrs. Discobbolos: I. First Pastoral
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Mr. & Mrs. Discobbolos: II. First Recitative
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Mr. & Mrs. Discobbolos: III. First Response
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Mr. & Mrs. Discobbolos: IV. Grand Duet
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Mr. & Mrs. Discobbolos: V. Second Pastoral
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Mr. & Mrs. Discobbolos: VI. Second Recitative
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Mr. & Mrs. Discobbolos: VII. Grand Finale
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Divertimento on Discobbolic Fragments: I. -
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Divertimento on Discobbolic Fragments: II. -
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Divertimento on Discobbolic Fragments: III. -
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Divertimento on Discobbolic Fragments: IV. -
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Divertimento on Discobbolic Fragments: V. -
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Divertimento on Discobbolic Fragments: VI. -
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Ariel Music: I. Ariel to Prospero
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Ariel Music: II. Ariel to Ferdinand
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Ariel Music: III. Ariel to Ferdinand
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Ariel Music: IV. Ariel to Gonzalo
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Ariel Music: V. Ariel to Alonso, Antonio, and Sebastian
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