Music of Ramon Zupko
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL425     Release Date: 2017-08-24
Western Brass Quintet: [Donald Bullock, trumpet; Stephen Jones, trumpet; Neill Sanders, horn; Russell Brown, trombone; Robert Whaley, tuba] Phyllis Rappeport, piano; Abraham Stokman, piano; Arlene Stokman, piano

Ramon Zupko writes:
“As is the case with most of my works, those recorded here received their initial impetus from either poetic sources or dramatic-theatrical conceptions. Each of them deals with a reinterpretation of the resources and techniques of the past, with special attention focused on the elements of timbre, space, and an expanded concept of tonality.

“As the title implies, [Masques] is an entertainment piece which combines music with ritual and pageantry. In live performance the musicians, who are costumed uniformly, move about the stage in specified patterns, creating a constantly changing visual as well as aural perspective. The 1978 version includes a number of modifications in order to render the work more suitable as a purely audible experience on disc...

Nocturnes was written during September and October of 1977, and received its premiere by the Stokmans at the University of Chicago on January 20, 1978. Although there are six separate pieces here they form an entity. Each of them is tied to the others through its timbral, melodic, and rhythmic materials, but especially through the harmonic elements, all of which are permutations of a polychordal structure consisting of three major triads a half-step apart...

Fluxus II was composed between February and April, 1978, and is dedicated to Abraham Stokman, who premiered the work at Alice Tully Hall on January 20, 1979. The expressive and dramatic flow of the work was strongly influenced by a poem of Dylan Thomas entitled In the Beginning, the poet's personal expression of the story of Genesis...

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.

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Music of Ramon Zupko

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Track Listing

Masques
Ramon Zupko
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Nocturnes: I. Calmato
Ramon Zupko
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Nocturnes: II. Bizzarramente
Ramon Zupko
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Nocturnes: III. Freddamente
Ramon Zupko
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Nocturnes: IV. Ardente
Ramon Zupko
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Nocturnes: V. Affabile
Ramon Zupko
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Nocturnes: VI. Lontano
Ramon Zupko
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Fluxus II
Ramon Zupko
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