Richard Cumming: Silhouettes
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR766     Release Date: 1997-01-01
John Browning, piano; F. Murray Abraham, narrator; Richard Cumming, piano; Donald Gramm, bass-baritone

These five works cover a period of forty years—1953 to 1993. Recently I uncovered a snapshot of myself taken by a street photographer in London at the time I was writing The Knight’s Page and was momentarily jolted. What’s happened to that kid? The face looking back at me daily in the mirror tells me I am no longer that twenty-four-year old. There is much less hair and what remains is gray. I look more and more like my parents. It is a face that has done a lot of laughing. In that ancient photo the smile is pretty endearing, so I hope that kid is still part of me. Despite some of his silly behavior, I remember him with fondness...

There is a saying that “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Hogwash! Live each day as if it were your last; drain it of every drop of juice it can provide. No life of any vitality is devoid of pain, anxiety, misfortune, and tragedy, but to quote Bernard Berenson: “Even though life may be a vale of tears, it is one in which it is pleasant to weep.” Richard Cumming (b 1928) studied with Ernest Bloch. Arnold Schoenberg, and Roger Sessions. He has written works for chamber groups, chorus and vocal ensembles, opera, orchestra, solo piano, solo strings, solo voice, film, radio, theatre and TV. His compositions have earned awards, fellowships, grants and prizes from ASCAP, the Ford Foundation, Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Rubin Opera Award, the Wurlitzer Foundation, among others. He currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. —R.C., 6 July 1997

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).

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Silhouettes: I. Allegro giocoso
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Silhouettes: II. Lazy, as slow as possible ("3 A.M. Blues")
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Silhouettes: III. Vivace
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Silhouettes: IV. Rubato - undulating ("Serenade")
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Silhouettes: V. Not slow
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Postcards from Italy: Maggiore
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Postcards from Italy: Capri
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Postcards from Italy: Venezia
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Postcards from Italy: Firenze
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Postcards from Italy: Siena
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Postcards from Italy: Ansedonia
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Postcards from Italy: Spoleto
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Postcards from Italy: Orvieto
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Postcards from Italy: Sori
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Postcards from Italy: Roma
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Postcards from Italy: Tarquinia
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Postcards from Italy: Positano
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Holidays: I. Prelude
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Holidays: II. Sarabande
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Holidays: III. March
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Holidays: IV. Waltz-Musette
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Holidays: V. Lullaby
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The Knight's Page
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We Happy Few: I. The Feast of Crispian
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We Happy Few: II. To Whom Can I Speak Today?
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We Happy Few: III. Fife Tune
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We Happy Few: IV. Here Dead Lie We
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We Happy Few: V. A Ballad of The Good Lord Nelson
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We Happy Few: VI. Going To The Warres
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We Happy Few: VII. A Sight in Camp
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We Happy Few: VIII. The End of The World
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We Happy Few: IX. Grave Hour
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We Happy Few: X. The Song of Moses
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