Ward, Trimble, Bezanson & Goodenough: Orchestral Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL159     Release Date: 2010-05-01
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Imperial Philharmonic of Tokyo; William Strickland, conductor
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Oivin Fjelstad, conductor

During a seminar on modern music conducted by Edgar Varèse in 1948, Robert Ward made the following statement: “The composer in my generation is working in the aftermath of a great musical revolution, a period in which the apple cart of the past has been magnificently spilled by men such as yourself, Bartok, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Ives. Slowly, however, since the First World War, those principles which are of perhaps eternal value have re-asserted themselves . . . Hence . . . my generation will have the task of re-working the materials which the revolution has given us while at the same time reapplying the basic principles which have again been clarified.”

The four composers represented on this recording were born within a span of seven years—1916 to 1923; the pieces recorded were written in 1946, 1954, 1957 and 1960. It is provocative, then, to approach the music in light of Mr. Ward’s statement. The “materials” have been reworked or the basic principles clarified, according to each composer’s personal expression.

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Ward, Trimble, Bezanson & Goodenough: Orchestral Works

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Track Listing

Jubilation, an Overture
Robert Ward
Closing Piece
Lester Trimble
Philip Bezanson
Elegy for Orchestra
Forrest Goodenough