Noel Da Costa & Howard Boatwright: Chamber Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL514     Release Date: 2011-05-15
Per Brevig, trombone; Wanda Maximilien, piano; Max Pollikoff, violin; Evelyn Steinbock, cello; David Garvey, piano; Manhattan String Quartet: Eric Lewis and Roy Lewis, violins; John Dexter, viola; Judith Glyde, cello

Noel Da Costa states:

"The compositions on this record represent major influences on my compositional personality: formal compositional practices and spontaneous improvisation.

"Four Preludes for Trombone and Piano (first performed by Robert Gillespie at a Juilliard recital), uses the trombone as a 'voice' - intoning, cajoling, joking, insisting on intervallic relationships (note especially the unaccompanied third movement). The piano responds, picking up passages to elaborate, contrast, underline.

"Jes' Grew was written for Max Pollikoff and premiered March 4, 1973 at one of Max's Gallery of Music Concerts at the YM-YWHA in New York. The first movement, Chant, decidedly free and improvisational in nature, is followed by the heart of the composition - a theme and variations in which Jelly Roll Morton's I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say serves as a point of departure for the nostalgic variations. The work concludes with a rhythmic dance movement of high spirits, interrupted by a plaintive recall of the first movement before a final burst of good humor.

"Five Verses with Vamps, for cello and piano, was given its premiere performance by Evelyn Steinbock and David Garvey. The idea of repeated passages (vamps) underpins the structure of all five short movements...

Howard Boatwright writes:

"My String Quartet No. 2 was commissioned by the Society for New Music of Syracuse, N.Y. The first performance was by the Manhattan Quartet at the Everson Museum, Syracuse, on April 20, 1975. The European premiere was by the Madison Quartet at St. Legier, Switzerland, on July 1, 1971.

"The style of the work is classical, as far as form is concerned. The technique by which it was composed is a personal one — dodecaphonic, though not serial.

"The approach to sonority — in keeping with the classical forms — does not seek color for its own sake. What strings have always been able to do best — sustain melodic lines — they are required to do abundantly."

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. Full liner notes are accessible via the link above.

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Track Listing

Four Preludes for Trombone and Piano: I. eighth-note = 112
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Four Preludes for Trombone and Piano: II. quarter-note = 72
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Four Preludes for Trombone and Piano : III. Bright, eighth-note = 192
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Four Preludes for Trombone and Piano: IV. quarter-note = 78
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Jes' Grew
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Five Verses with Vamps: I. -
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Five Verses with Vamps: II. -
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Five Verses with Vamps: III. -
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Five Verses with Vamps: IV. -
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Five Verses with Vamps: V. -
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String Quartet No. 2: I. Allegro moderato, deciso
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String Quartet No. 2: II. Adagietto
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String Quartet No. 2 : III. Scherzo, Vivace ma non troppo
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String Quartet No. 2: IV. Adagio; Rondo, Allegro vivace
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