Music of Werner Josten
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR597     Release Date: 2007-01-01
David Del Tredici, piano; American Symphony Orchestra; Leopold Stokowski, Conductor; H. Rex Cooper, piano; David Shifrin, clarinet; Arthur Krilov, oboe; Paul Dunkel, flute; William Scribner, bassoon; Polish National Radio Orchestra; William Strickland, Conductor

Werner Josten (1885-1963) was born in Elberfeld, Germany. Despite an education in finance planned by his father, Josten's interest in music prevailed. He received early training in harmony and counterpoint in Munich from Dr. Rudolf Siegel, a master pupil of Humperdinck, and studied with the famed founder of eurhythmics, Emile Jacques Dalcroze, in Switzerland. He first conducted in Paris and before coming to America in 1920 he had been appointed assistant conductor of the Munich Opera House. Immediately upon arriving in the United States, Josten began concert appearances as composer-accompanist for some of the best known singers of the day. From their first programming, his songs began to attract favorable attention from publishers as well as Olin Downes and Deems Taylor.

In 1923, Josten joined the faculty of Smith College, where he became Professor of Composition and where he was to remain for 26 years; it was there that he came fully into his own as a composer and musician. In the latter capacity, he founded the Baroque Festivals at Northampton producing and directing the first American stage performances of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, and Orfeo, as well as Handel's Julius Caesar, Xerxes, Apollo e Dafne, and Rodelinda. He conducted the Monteverdi Combattimento at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York under the auspices of the League of Composers. The productions attracted nationwide attention and leading metropolitan critics journeyed to Northampton and praised them in enthusiastic reviews.

Josten continued to compose a variety of vocal, instrumental and orchestral works, among them the ballets Batouala (1930-31), Joseph and his Brethren (1932), Endymion (1939); a string quartet, performed by, among others, the Pro Arte and Gordon String Quartets; and sonatas for solo piano, violin and piano and cello and piano.


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).

Various Artists

Music of Werner Josten

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

Track Listing

Jungle
Werner Josten
Buy
Concerto Sacro I-II: I. The Annunciation
Werner Josten
Buy
Concerto Sacro I-II: The Miracle
Werner Josten
Buy
Concerto Sacro I-II: II. Lament; Sepulchre and Resurrection
Werner Josten
Buy
Canzona Seria
Werner Josten
Buy
Symphony in F: I. Allegro; Vivace
Werner Josten
Buy
Symphony in F: II. Andante
Werner Josten
Buy