Music of Robert Helps
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR717     Release Date: 1996-01-01
Columbia Symphony Orchestra; Zoltan Rozsnyai, Conductor; Bethany Beardslee, soprano; American Composers Orchestra; Gunther Schuller, Conductor; David Del Tredici, piano; William Masselos, piano; Robert Helps, piano

Although it has been said that the once well-known figure of the composer/performer has largely disappeared, Robert Helps is a prominent exception. A major pianist of traditional and new music, he has also achieved an important body of creative work that is notable for its intensity as well as its mastery of form. Helps' music belongs to a category that might be called American expressionism. It traces back to Carl Ruggles and Varese, the influence of Arnold Schoenberg and the personality of Roger Sessions who was Helps' principal teacher.

Robert Helps was born in Passaic, New Jersey, on September 23, 1928. He studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music and with Abby Whiteside, and composition and theory with Sessions at the University of California, Berkeley, and privately. He has been professor of piano or artist in residence at the New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Princeton, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley and at Davis, Manhattan School of Music and the University of South Florida, Tampa. He has a long list of awards and commissions from the Guggenheim, Naumburg, Ford and Fromm Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has toured extensively as a solo and chamber music performer, specializing in new music, and he appears as a pianist and/or composer on RCA, Columbia (Sony), Deutsche Grammophone, New World, Desto, Son Nova, Argo and, of course, CRI.


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Music of Robert Helps

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Track Listing

Symphony No. 1: I. Energico e marcato
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Symphony No. 1: II. Adagio
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Symphony No. 1: III. Allegro con moto
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Gossamer Noons: I. March
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Gossamer Noons: II. Moderato: a bit clumsy
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Gossamer Noons: III. Fast
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Gossamer Noons: IV. Slow but flowing
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Three Etudes: Etude One
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Three Etudes: Etude Two
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Three Etudes: Etude Three
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Recollections
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Three Hommages: I. Hommage à Fauré
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Three Hommages: II. Hommage à Rachmaninoff
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Three Hommages: III. Hommage à Ravel
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