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

ゥ2012 by Fred Flaxman

Program 206
"More Living American Composers"

MUSIC:
Judith Zaimont: opening of Reflective Rag performed by the American Ragtime Ensemble, David Reffkin, director [MSR Classics MS 1238, Track 3]
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Hello and welcome to another hour of music by living American composers on Compact Discoveries. I知 your guide, Fred Flaxman. We値l start with an overture for orchestra by Kenneth Fuchs, then listen to a three-movement work for flute and orchestra called Voyage to a New Land by Steven Giammarino, followed by a piece for clarinet and piano by Timothy Crist. Two absolutely gorgeous, melodious choral pieces by Nicholas White come after that, and then a tuneful contemporary rag for ragtime ensemble by Judith Lang Zaimont. We値l conclude with the opening movement of a Sonata for Brass Quintet by John Cheetam.

I知 trying once again to prove to myself -- and you -- that there are still serious, living, American composers who know how to write a good melody and to please listeners. 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.

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Our first selection is called Discover the Wild. It is an overture for orchestra by Kenneth Fuchs, who was born in 1956 in Dumont, New Jersey. Fuchs has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, he created three chamber musicals which were originally presented by the Circle Repertory Company in New York City. His music is regularly performed in the United States, Europe, China, and Japan. The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded three discs of Fuchs's music. The first, released by Naxos Records in August 2005, was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

In this 2012 Naxos recording, JoAnn Falletta again conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Kenneth Fuchs痴 Discover the Wild.

MUSIC:
Kenneth Fuchs: Discover the Wild, an overture for orchestra, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta [Naxos 8.559723, Track 5]
[4:41]

Kenneth Fuchs: Discover the Wild, an overture for orchestra, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta.

Next on this Compact Discoveries hour devoted to 溺ore Living American Composers, our major work for this program: a three-movement world-premiere recording of a piece for flute and orchestra by Steven Giammarino called Voyage to a New Land. Giammarino was born in 1961 in Bayside, New York. He has composed many works for piano, flute, organ, choir, orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. He is the organist and director of music at St. Clements Episcopal Church in Hawthorne, New Jersey, as well as music director of the Pompton Festival Orchestra.

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 Auld to celebrate the vast and inspiring music of American composers.

Voyage to a New Land has three movements: 溺aiden Voyage, 撤rovidence, and 典he Pioneering Spirit.

MUSIC:
Steven Giammarino: 溺aiden Voyage from Voyage to a New Land performed by flutist Carla Auld with the Beauty in America Orchestra conducted by Eric Jacobsen [MSR Classics MS 1318, Track 11]
[9:32]

MUSIC:
Steven Giammarino: 撤rovidence from Voyage to a New Land performed by flutist Carla Auld with the Beauty in America Orchestra conducted by Eric Jacobsen [MSR Classics MS 1318, Track 12]
[8:57]

MUSIC:
Steven Giammarino: 典he Pioneering Spirit from Voyage to a New Land performed by flutist Carla Auld with the Beauty in America Orchestra conducted by Eric Jacobsen [MSR Classics MS 1318, Track 13]
[6:34]


Steven Giammarino痴 Voyage to a New Land. 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 溺ore Living American Composers on Compact Discoveries. I知 your guide, Fred Flaxman.

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On September 6, 2012, I went to a clarinet recital at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, given by Fred Lemmons. I couldn稚 very well miss this recital because, at my request, Lemmons was playing my very favorite clarinet sonata: the one by Camille Saint-Sans. I enjoyed Lemmons moving interpretation of that incredibly beautiful work, as I had anticipated.

In the same recital there was a short work by an American composer I had never heard of before, named Timothy Crist, called Down the Ladder to Sleep. My wife and I were very impressed with this little piece as well as Fred Lemmons performance. So, as the recital was recorded, I asked if I could obtain a copy of that piece for use on this program. The permissions were granted and I can now share this little gem with you.

Crist is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts 2003 Individual Artist Fellowship for Music Composition. He is an assistant professor of music at Arkansas State University where he teaches composition, electronic music, theory, and classical guitar. He also conducts and directs the ASU New Music Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble. Crist痴 music is played throughout the United States and has been featured on National Public Radio and in several festivals and conferences.

Here, now, recorded live in concert, is Timothy Crist痴 Down the Ladder to Sleep, performed by clarinetist Fred Lemmons with pianist Katherine Palmer.

MUSIC:
Timothy Crist: Down the Ladder to Sleep, performed by Fred Lemmons, clarinet, with Katherine Palmer, piano. [private recording] [3:46]

Timothy Crist痴 Down the Ladder to Sleep. Fred Lemmons was the clarinetist; Katherine Palmer, the pianist, in this performance recorded live at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, on September 6, 2012.

You are listening to 溺ore Living American Composers on Compact Discoveries with your guide, Fred Flaxman. Coming up soon, a contemporary American rag for ragtime ensemble and a lively movement from a Sonata for Brass Quintet. But first two really beautiful pieces for chorus by Nicholas White.

White was born in London, England, in 1967, but moved to the United States in 1989. He now lives in Philadelphia, where he is composer in residence at the Philadelphia Cathedral and organist and choirmaster of All Saints Church, Torresdale.

White is the founding director of the Tiffany Consort, which he conducts in these two MSR Classics recordings. First we値l hear 徹 Magnum Mysterium from White痴 Alleluia! Puer Natus Est Nobis, then 典he Lord is My Shepherd from White痴 2006 work, In Sure and Certain Hope.

MUSIC:
Nicholas White: 徹 Magnum Mysterium from Alleluia! Puer Natus Est Nobis. [MSR Classics MS 1108, Track 18]
[2:52]

MUSIC:
Nicholas White: 典he Lord is My Shepherd from In Sure and Certain Hope. [MSR Classics MS 1164, Track 16]
[3:13]

Two songs by Nicholas White. First we heard 徹 Magnum Mysterium from Alleluia! Puer Natus Est Nobis; then 典he Lord is My Shepherd from In Sure and Certain Hope. The composer conducted the Tiffany Consort and Strings. These were taken from two different MSR Classics compact discs.

Our next living American composer, Judith Lang Zaimont, was born in 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee. Many of her 100-plus works are prize-winning compositions. These include symphonies, chamber opera, oratorios and cantatas, and music for chorus, voice, solo instrument, and a wide variety of chamber ensembles. Her composition awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, commission grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and American Composers Forum, and an Aaron Copland Award.

Zaimont has a lighter side as well. She has written enough contemporary concert rags, for example, to fill an entire MSR Classics compact disc. The CD is called 撤restidigitations, which means magic tricks performed as entertainment.

There are three versions of Zaimont痴 Reflective Rag on this CD: one for piano solo, one for flute and piano, and one for ragtime ensemble. If I had the time, I would gladly play all three for you. Here痴 the version for ragtime ensemble with the American Ragtime Ensemble directed by David Reffkin.

MUSIC:
J.L. Zaimont: Reflective Rag performed by the American Ragtime Ensemble directed by David Reffkin [MSR Classics MS 1164, Track 16]
[4:03]

Judith Lang Zaimont痴 Reflective Rag. The American Ragtime Ensemble was directed by David Reffkin.

I値l conclude this Compact Discoveries hour devoted to 溺ore Living American Composers with the first movement of John Cheetham痴 Sonata for Brass Quintet, written in 2008.

Cheetham was born in Taos, New Mexico, in 1939. He is a professor emeritus of music theory and composition at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During his tenure at Missouri from 1969 until 2000, Cheetham wrote compositions for virtually all media, and his music has been widely performed in the U. S. and abroad. Recordings of many of his works are available on Crystal, Concord, Mark, Pro-Arte, Summit, and NPR Classic labels.

From this ヌedille compact disc world-premiere recording of Cheetham痴 Sonata for Brass Quintet, we値l listen to the first movement as performed by the Gaudete Brass.

MUSIC:
John Cheetham: first movement from Sonata for Brass Quintet, performed by Gaudete Brass [ヌedille CDR 90000 136, Track 2]
[3:49]

The first movement of John Cheetham痴 Sonata for Brass Quintet, performed by Gaudete Brass.

You have been listening to 溺ore Living 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. This hour has been 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 program number 206.

This is Fred Flaxman, thanking you for listening!

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