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William Thomas McKinley: R.A.P.

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  1. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": I. Childsplay $0.99 on iTunes
  2. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": II. Daydreams $0.99 on iTunes
  3. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": III. Hopscotch $0.99 on iTunes
  4. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": IV. Tag $0.99 on iTunes
  5. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": V. Lazy Summer Day $0.99 on iTunes
  6. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": VI. Timeout $0.99 on iTunes
  7. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": VII. Under the Sprinkler $0.99 on iTunes
  8. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": VIII. Evening Reveries $0.99 on iTunes
  9. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": IX. The Playground $0.99 on iTunes
  10. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": X. Evening Birds $0.99 on iTunes
  11. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": XI. Night Dreams $0.99 on iTunes
  12. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": XII. Morning Light $0.99 on iTunes
  13. William Thomas McKinley — Marimba Concerto "Childhood Memories": XIII. Downhill Sledding $0.99 on iTunes
  14. William Thomas McKinley — R.A.P.: R.A.P.
  15. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: I. Madcap Valse $0.99 on iTunes
  16. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: II. Ballad Walk $0.99 on iTunes
  17. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: III. Tango Blue $0.99 on iTunes
  18. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: IV. Charleston Jump $0.99 on iTunes
  19. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: V. Slow Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  20. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: VI. Jitterbug Stomp $0.99 on iTunes
  21. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: VII. Magic Ballet $0.99 on iTunes
  22. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: VIII. March Boogie $0.99 on iTunes
  23. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: IX. Samba Eye $0.99 on iTunes
  24. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: X. Crazy Minuet $0.99 on iTunes
  25. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: XI. Jitterbug Man $0.99 on iTunes
  26. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: XII. Rap Groove $0.99 on iTunes
  27. William Thomas McKinley — 13 Dances for Orchestra: XIII. Flight Dance $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>McKinley, William Thomas : Marimba Concerto 'Childhood Memories'
>McKinley, William Thomas : R.A.P., for piano, clarinet, double bass & orchestra
>McKinley, William Thomas : Dances (13), for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

BMOP/sound's William Thomas McKinley: R.A.P. offers three works by one of the most highly regarded and prolific composers of his generation. In the Marimba Concerto, virtuoso Nancy Zeltsman navigates the instrument (a complete keyboard bass marimba) with superb agility and ease. The CD's title piece, R.A.P. ("rhythm and pulse") highlights the intersection between jazz and classical music and features the electrifying performance of clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, whose reputation as an innovative jazz artist equals his reputation for recording classical repertoire. Filled with propulsive rhythms and fantastic musical images, this recording encapsulates the dynamism and vibrancy that characterize the music of McKinley.

"Thomas McKinley has maintained a foothold in both jazz and classical music throughout his career, and he's always trying to push the rhythmic envelope, as he might put it, so it's not surprising that one of "R.A.P." 's immediately perceivable, indeed, visceral, characteristics would be the ingrained sense of "groove." That, plus Richard Stoltzman's free-wheeling mastery of a totally notated clarinet part that belies its carefully composed origins by sounding improvised, undoubtedly underscores the illusion that we're hearing a jazz concerto.... Nancy Zeltsman, the outstanding soloist, sympathetically projects the various moods McKinley evokes in these 12 short movements. She handles rhythmically accentuated passagework and delicate water sounds (listen to "Under the Sprinkler") with equal aplomb. The BMOP orchestra is superb, as idiomatically convincing in the jazz-inflected "R.A.P." as they are in McKinley's "classical" compositions. This is an exhilarating collection of magnetic, life-affirming music by one of America's major composers." - Robert Schulslaper (Fanfare)



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Works Details

>McKinley, William Thomas : Marimba Concerto 'Childhood Memories'
  • Performer: Nancy Zeltsman (Marimba)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 21 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2005

>McKinley, William Thomas : R.A.P., for piano, clarinet, double bass & orchestra
  • Performers: Anthony D'Amico (Double Bass); Robert Schulz (Drums); Peter Stoltzman (Piano); Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 27 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2005

>McKinley, William Thomas : Dances (13), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 22 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007