Shifrin: Cantata to the Text of Sophoclean Choruses
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL511     Release Date: 2011-05-15
Cantata Singers; Lydian String Quartet: [Wilma Smith, violin; Judith Eissenberg, violin; Mary Ruth Ray, viola; Rhonda Rider, cello]; Harvard University Choir; John Ferris, organ; Sally Pinkas, piano; David Hoose, Conductor

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While finding my own way I should not like to give up anything that has ever been won in the way of subtlety, richness and complexity; yet I retain a taste for the simple and the vernacular. The qualities I value in music have to do with strong intent, the interaction of the small and the large and the will to make whole what seems disparate. What I hope continues to evolve in try work is a highly infected, pliable, elegant language.
                                                                      —Seymour Shifrin
Seymour Shifrin (1926-1979) was born in New York City and educated at the High School of Music and Art and at Columbia University; his most infuential teachers were William Schuman, Otto Luening and Darius Milhaud. He taught for many years at the University of California at Berkeley and was Professor of Music at Brandeis University. His commissions include those from the Koussevitzky Foundation, the League of Composers—ISCM, the Fine Arts Foundation, the Fromm Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He received the Bearns Prize, the Copley Award, the Horblit Award and Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships.





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Cantata to the Text of Sophoclean Choruses: I. Lament for Oedipus
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Cantata to the Text of Sophoclean Choruses: II. Ode
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Cantata to the Text of Sophoclean Choruses: III. Paean
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Cantata to the Text of Sophoclean Choruses: IV. Ode II
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