Works by Harvey Sollberger, Ralph Shapey, Andrew Imbrie, Robert Morris, Robert Hall Lewis, Robert Erickson, William O. Smith, Leslie Bassett Stuart Dempster, trombone; Harvey Sollberger, flute; Bertram Turetzky, bass; William O. Smith, clarinet; Donald Sinta, saxophone; and others
New Music for Virtuosos is an important document for anyone interested in the evolution of American new music in the 70s and beyond. It features the work of eight composers and artists collaborating to create new music of a startling and expressive originality while stretching the boundaries, technical and expressive, of their respective instruments.
Harvey Sollberger's (b. 1938) Sunflowers , for flute and vibraphone, is a gentle, quasi-mystical tour-de-force of stark, beautiful sonorities. Robert Morris's (b. 1943) Motet on Doo-dah , for flute, piano, and bass, links twelve-tone technique with fourteenth-century French isorhythmic motet style and ornamentation from Korean court music. Its cantus firmus is Stephen Foster's Camptown Races. Robert Hall Lewis (1926-1996) wrote Inflections I , for solo bass, for Bertram Turetzky. It is a theme and variations subtly juxtaposing contrasting rhythmic and timbral elements. Ralph Shapey's (b. 1921) Conflagrations , for flute and piano, is characteristically dense, intense, and lyrical. Andrew Imbrie (b.1921) and Robert Erickson (b. 1917) wrote Three Sketches , for trombone and piano, and General Speech , for solo trombone, for Stuart Dempster. Both demonstrate Dempster's extraordinary blend of musicality, passion, and seemingly limitless technical prowess. William O. Smith (b. 1926), better known as Bill Smith, helped Dave Brubeck found the Brubeck Octet, with which he played for several years. Fancies for Clarinet Alone , is a series of multiphonic studies for solo clarinet. Leslie Bassett's (b. 1923) Music for Saxophone and Piano , is a free chromatic piece which uses the sax in a very fluid manner, with a wide tonal and dynamic range.