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Richard Lane, Talent Night At The Zoo for piano

Richard Lane, Talent Night At The Zoo for piano

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Talent Night At The Zoo is a small album with seven charming and imaginative short pieces which can be considered as “early to late intermediate”, although, with all the octaves, a child would have to be physically advanced enough to do those pieces justice. Some tricky rhythms and fingerings can also be challenging them. But the pleasure to play these pieces will give them the will to surmont them.
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Richard Lane, Rondo for 2 clarinets and piano

Richard Lane, Rondo for 2 clarinets and piano

Monday, October 3, 2016

Richard Lane wrote this Rondo for 2 clarinets and piano in 1981 for his friends Stanley and Naomi Drucker. Stanley was the exceptional principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic from 1948 to 2009 (!) while Naomi made her own career in various orchestras and in chamber-recital playing, co-directing the American Chamber Ensemble. This Rondo is an elegant, yet lively piece which lasts approximately four minutes. Lane’s typically richly textured concertante piano part is on display here while the clarinet parts in combination with the piano part feature Lane's unique neo-tonal writing. There is a strong relationship between the clarinets and piano, where energetic lyricism prevails through a musical dialogue.

Anthony Plog, Aesop Fables I for narrator, horn and piano

Anthony Plog, Aesop Fables I for narrator, horn and piano

Monday, September 26, 2016

Before Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) and Plato (c.428-c.348 B.C.), before Buddha (VI or V c. B.C.) and Confucius (551-479 B.C.), in an age when the calendar had ten months, the year had 354 days, and people told time with a sun dial, Aesop (end of VII, beginning VI c. B.C.) told his fables. He was born into slavery in the ancient country of Phrygia (now Turkey) and earned freedom by exposing the foibles and failings of human character through the telling of “beast tales”. In the year 560 B.C., when Aesop was 60 years old, the telling also earned him his death while on a mission to the Oracle at Delphi. The Delphians, deeply offended by the critical sarcasm directed at them in one of his fables, hurled him to his death from a cliff outside the city.
Inspired by five of these fables, Anthony Plog has written a text based on these fables that he has then set to music.

Valery Strukow, Trio for oboe, horn and piano

Valery Strukow, Trio for oboe, horn and piano

Monday, September 19, 2016

Valery Strukow’s Trio, written in 1995 and formatted in three movements, features the inventive and often humorous talent of this versatile Russian composer, who worked for many years as composer in residence of the famous Great Circus of Moscow. In spite of the rich sound and expressive resources of this trio instrumentation, the literature for oboe, horn and piano is very limited. To fill this gap, Editions Bim invited in the 1990s several composers, including Valery Strukow, to contribute to what resulted in an interesting series of works for this rather unique instrumental combination.

Michael Forbes, Polar Vortex for tuba solo

Michael Forbes, Polar Vortex for tuba solo

Monday, September 12, 2016

In this new work for unaccompanied contrabass tuba (aimed primarily at the CC or BB-flat tuba), Mike Forbes delivers a musical portrayal of one of the coldest weeks in the USA in early 2014. While the work presents some virtuosic challenges, it is aimed at university music students looking to program challenging and relevant material for their recitals and/or juries.

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