Compact Discoveries
a series of one-hour radio programs produced, written, hosted, and edited
by Fred Flaxman

ゥ2012 by Fred Flaxman

Program 205
"Living American Composers"

MUSIC: Colina: opening of the final movement of Goyescana Concerto for Guitar performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ira Levin [Fleur do Son Classics FDS 57999, Track 6] [under the following]

Hello and welcome to another hour of Compact Discoveries. I知 your guide, Fred Flaxman. I知, going to devote the next 60 minutes to works by three living American composers, all of whom write melodious, immediately enjoyable music: Gary Schocker, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, and Michael Colina. I知 trying to prove to myself -- and you -- that there are still serious, living, American composers who know how to write a good tune and to please listeners.

I致e had help in my search for this music from a panel of experts. I値l tell you about them at the end of this hour. They have helped me identify so much wonderful music that I知 going to devote at least two hours to this subject, with program number 206 devoted to 溺ore Living American Composers. This effort has been made possible in part by a grant from the Puffin Foundation, 田ontinuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people.

MUSIC:
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Our first selection is called Green Places. It is in three movements: 典opiary, 哲ightblooming, and 典rollgarden. I値l remind you of these titles just before each movement begins. The piece is by Gary Schocker, a world-renowned flutist as well as an award-winning composer with more than 100 compositions in publication. Schocker has published more pieces for the flute than any other living composer. Flutist James Galway gave the American premiere of Green Places with the New Jersey Symphony.

In this MSR Classics compact disc recording, called 釘eauty in America: New Music for Flute, Carla Auld is the flutist with the Beauty in America Orchestra conducted by Eric Jacobsen. The orchestra was formed in early 2009 by Carla Auld to celebrate the vast and inspiring music of American composers.

I hope you enjoy Green Places as much as I do. Here痴 the first movement: 典opiary.

MUSIC:
Gary Schocker: 典opiary from Green Places performed by flutist Carla Auld with the Beauty in America Orchestra conducted by Eric Jacobsen [MSR Classics MS 1318, Track 5] [8:24]

Second Movement: 哲ightblooming.

MUSIC:
Gary Schocker: 哲ightblooming from Green Places performed by flutist Carla Auld with the Beauty in America Orchestra conducted by Eric Jacobsen [MSR Classics MS 1318, Track 6]
[5:15]

Third Movement: 典rollgarden.

MUSIC:
Gary Schocker: 典rollgarden from Green Places performed by flutist Carla Auld with the Beauty in America Orchestra conducted by Eric Jacobsen [MSR Classics MS 1318, Track 7]
[5:01]

Gary Schocker痴 Green Places. Carla Auld was the flutist with the Beauty in America Orchestra conducted by Eric Jacobsen.

You are listening to an hour of melodious music by 鏑iving American Composers on Compact Discoveries. I知 your guide, Fred Flaxman.

Next we turn to three excerpts from a Cantata for the Children of Terezin by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter. She dedicated this piece to 殿ll children who suffer and die too soon. The work was composed with the intention of evoking compassion for the most innocent and vulnerable among us, along with the hope that acts of horror against the young and innocent throughout the world will never happen again.

That very hope was dashed once again as I was working on this program when 20 young, innocent children at an elementary school in Connecticut were shot to death by a 20-year-old man.

Joyce-Walter began teaching music theory and composition full-time as a professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, in 1979. She retired in 2012. Her music has been heard in concerts throughout the United States and in Europe, Russia, and Asia.

The children incarcerated at Terezin during World War II loved what all children love. They painted colorful pictures, and wrote poems about birds and mice, spring flowers, butterflies and boats. But they also wrote about famine and fear. As one boy put it: 滴ere in Terezin life is hell, and when I値l go home again I can稚 yet tell.

Few went home. Out of about 15,000 children in this concentration camp thirty miles north of Prague, only about 100 returned. The vast majority died in Auschwitz. The poetry set to music in this cantata is by the child poets of Terezin.

Three movements now from the Cantata for the Children of Terezin by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter. Oxnaya Oleskaya is the soprano. The Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra and King Singers of Kiev are under the baton of Robert Ian Winstin on this Ravello Records compact disc.

First, 滴ome.

MUSIC:
Joyce-Walter: 滴ome from Cantata for the Children of Terezin performed by soprano Oxnaya Oleskaya and the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra and Singers conducted by Robert Ian Winstin. [Ravello Records RR7845, Track 2]
[2:58]

釘irdsong.

MUSIC:
Joyce-Walter: 釘irdsong from Cantata for the Children of Terezin performed by soprano Oxnaya Oleskaya and the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra and Singers conducted by Robert Ian Winstin. [Ravello Records RR7845, Track 3]
[2:48]

鄭 Little Song without Words.

MUSIC:
Joyce-Walter: 鄭 Little Song without Words from Cantata for the Children of Terezin performed by the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Robert Ian Winstin. [Ravello Records RR7845, Track 6]
[3:56]

Three movements from the Cantata for the Children of Terezin by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter. The Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra was under the baton of Robert Ian Winstin. Oxnaya Oleskaya was the soprano in the first two movements.

You are listening to Compact Discoveries. I知 your guide, Fred Flaxman.

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The final work on this Compact Discoveries hour devoted to music by 鏑iving American Composers is Goyescana: Concerto for Guitar by Michael Colina.

Colina, who was born in 1948, is a GRAMMY-winning musician, composer, producer, and engineer. He has written music for television, film, theater, dance, and live performances on concert stages throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. In 2006 he dramatically shifted his music career to focus on writing classical, jazz, and Latin music compositions that reflect his deep musical roots in his father痴 Cuban homeland, where he spent a great deal of time in his youth.

He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and studied composition with Vittorio Giannini at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He continued studies in Italy, where he was the first recipient of the Vittorio Giannini Memorial Scholarship award.

A 1999 trip to Cuba with his late father reawakened Colina痴 love for the rhythms of his childhood. After 20 years of collaborating with noted Jazz artists, Colina began writing compositions that reflect a new, classical direction熔ne that pulls threads from jazz, classical, and his Cuban-American heritage. His guitar concerto, Goyescana, is a good example of the musical path he has been taking.

The piece is in three movements: 擢antasma Azul/Blue Ghost (Tango), 鉄erenata, and 敵oyescana. The name of this final movement and of the concerto itself comes from a cameo appearance by Enrique Granados痴 鏑a Maja de Goya / Goya痴 Pestle and the intermezzo from his opera Goyescas. Colina writes that this pays tribute to the work痴 origin and inspiration.

In this performance the soloist is Michael Andriaccio. The London Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Ira Levin on a Fleur de Son Classics compact disc.

MUSIC:
Michael Colina: 擢antasma Azul (Tango) movement from Goyescana: Concerto for Guitar, performed by Michael Andriaccio, guitar, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ira Levin. [Fleur do Son FDS 57999, Track 4]
[5:46]

MUSIC:
Michael Colina: 鉄erenata movement from Goyescana: Concerto for Guitar, performed by Michael Andriaccio, guitar, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ira Levin. [Fleur de Son FDS 57999, Track 5]
[7:38]

MUSIC:
Michael Colina: 敵oyescana movement from Goyescana: Concerto for Guitar, performed by Michael Andriaccio, guitar, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ira Levin. [Fleur do Son FDS 57999, Track 6]
[8:02]

Michael Colina痴 Goyescana Concerto for Guitar. Michael Andriaccio was the soloist. The London Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Ira Levin.

You have been listening to 鏑iving American Composers on Compact Discoveries. I was introduced to these composers and many others by a panel of advisors including Sean Hickey of Naxos of America, Robert LaPorta of MSR Music, Bob Lord of Parma Recordings, Karl Miller of the Pierian Recording Society, and Becky Starobin of Bridge Records. I値l be using more pieces that these advisors recommended in future programs, including one devoted entirely to 溺ore Living American Composers. Both programs are made possible in part with a grant from the Puffin Foundation, 田ontinuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people.

If you missed any of this program or would like to hear it again, go to compactdiscoveries.com on the internet, where you値l find links to stream Compact Discoveries programs on demand without charge. There you値l also find information on every recording used in every program.

This is Fred Flaxman, thanking you for listening!

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