Piano Music of William Albright
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR674     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Thomas Warburton, piano


William Albright (b Gary, IN, 20 Oct 1944; d Ann Arbor, MI, 17 Sept 1998), composer and performer, has concertized widely in Europe, Canada, and the United States, specializing in concerts of recent music for organ. While he has premiered over thirty new works written by American and European composers, he is also highly regarded as an interpreter of classic piano ragtime and early jazz styles such as Harlem
stride and boogie-woogie.

As a composer he is well known for his keyboard works, though he has produced compositions for every medium, several of which involve electronic, visual, and theatrical elements. He has been the recipient of many commissions and awards, among them the Queen Marie-José Prize, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two Fulbright and two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Symphonic Composition Award of Niagara University, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two Koussevitzky Composition Awards. He has received commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation, Chamber Music America, and Meet the Composer/Reader’s Digest. In 1979 he held the composer-in-residence post at the American Academy in Rome; in 1993 he was honored with the Composer of the Year Award from the American Guild of Organists, and in 1995 he won the Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies Competition. His works have been selected for performance at the 1970, 1979, and 1990 International Society for Con- temporary Music festivals. Major orchestras that have performed Albright works have included the Detroit Symphony, the Budapest Philharmonic, the Austrian Radio Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Bergen Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra.


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).

Thomas Warburton

Piano Music of William Albright

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Track Listing

Five Chromatic Dances: I. Procession and Rounds
William Albright
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Five Chromatic Dances: II. Masquerade
William Albright
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Five Chromatic Dances: III. Fantasy-Mazurka
William Albright
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Five Chromatic Dances: IV. Hoedown
William Albright
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Five Chromatic Dances: V. The Farewell
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Pianoagogo
William Albright
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Sphaera
William Albright
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Grand Sonata in Rag: I. Scott Joplin's Victory
William Albright
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Grand Sonata in Rag: II. Ragtime's Turtledove
William Albright
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Grand Sonata in Rag: III. Behemoth Two-Step
William Albright
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