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Album Summary

>Violette, Andrew : Pistis Sophias, for voice
>Violette, Andrew : Flute Sonata
>Violette, Andrew : Trio for horn, trombone & piano
>Violette, Andrew : Six Performances, for ensemble
>Violette, Andrew : Five Sonatinas, for piano
>Violette, Andrew : Amor Dammi Quel Fazzolettino, for 2 pianos
>Violette, Andrew : American Song Set, for 2 voices & piano
>Violette, Andrew : Two Spanish Arias, for 2 voices & piano
>Violette, Andrew : Death Be Not Proud, for voice & piano
>Violette, Andrew : Fantasy, for piano
>Violette, Andrew : Fugamericana, for piano
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
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Reviews

An American Voice
This is a strong and rich survey of the works of contemporary composer Andrew Violette. He writes in a tonal idiom, which leaves opportunities for dissonance as well as the satisfactions of consonance, and his music is colored by his knowledge of an interest in more popular song styles, including a touch of the blues here and there. The balance between chamber music and vocal music shows off Violette’s virtues. He’s a kind of Neo-Romantic, though different than John Adams, much more directly in the line of Brahms and Charles Ives. The excellent songs especially belong to the expressive and personal style that Ives created, a willingness to do unexpected things and saying something opinionated about the texts. The chamber music is quite fine, with an attractive and forceful understatement, energetic interplay and idiomatic writing; the “Flute Sonata” is especially good, and well played by Maggie Lauer. An ideal introduction to Violette, and an ideal supplement to anyone already interested in his music.
Submitted on 08/24/10 by gtra1n 
Must hear music from an import new composer
Andrew Violette is not a new composer, really He has been an interesting figure in the NYC music scene for awhile What makes his music vital is his attention to melody, colored by consonant but fascinating harmonies and in creating works that are a pleasure to listen to. This terrific two CD set offers a fine introduction to his music and is well worth exploring for anyone not familiar. His instrumental works are engaging, fascinating and dramatic. For example, his Flute Sonata and the Five Sonatinas are very fine works that will remind some of a little Hindemith, a little Piston, touches of Sessions but seem wholly unique as well. In fact, Violette proves the engaging aspects of his music with the Flute Sonata as well in his Clarinet Sonata, heard in a subsequent Navona release (On which is the massive Cello Sonata) Larger chamber music is another strong suit of the composer's. The jazzy and eccentric Trio for horn, bass trombone and piano and the equally stunning Six Performances for mixed ensemble (including synthesizer) are fascinating and are, nearly, unlike anything you have ever heard. Violette is a pianist by trade who has also had some experience in jazz and rock so it is not surprising that - in addition to the Five Sonatinas - "Amor Dammi Quel Fazzolettino", "Fantasy" and the brief "Fugamericana" are really nice works that have a lot of appeal and also technical requirements. "Amor..." in particular, for four hands, is a challenging but attractive. I found Violette's vocal music in this set to be especially compelling. The American Song Set for baritone and soprano and piano (voices used separately) is an extensive (forty minutes) song cycle based on some very well known American poetry and makes for wonderful listening. Violette matches the tone of text to the feel of melody quite well. This is equally true in the much more atmospheric "Two Spanish Arias" and in the familiar "Death Be not Proud" This is a very entertaining set and, clearly, Andrew Violette is a very interesting composer whose music exists in its own sphere, calling upon styles from all genres and trends to become something that is simultaneously hard to categorize and uniquely his own. Highly recommended!
Submitted on 01/14/13 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Violette, Andrew : Pistis Sophias, for voice
  • Performer: Elizabeth Farnum (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Violette, Andrew : Flute Sonata
  • Performer: Maggie Lauer (Flute)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Violette, Andrew : Trio for horn, trombone & piano
  • Performers: Kaitilin Mahoney (Horn); John Rojak; Andrew Violette (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Violette, Andrew : Six Performances, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Pi
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Violette, Andrew : Five Sonatinas, for piano
  • Performer: Andrew Violette (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Violette, Andrew : Amor Dammi Quel Fazzolettino, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Andrew Violette (Piano); Janice Weber (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Violette, Andrew : American Song Set, for 2 voices & piano
  • Performer: Raemond Martin (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996-2002

>Violette, Andrew : Two Spanish Arias, for 2 voices & piano
  • Performer: Raemond Martin (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Violette, Andrew : Death Be Not Proud, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Raemond Martin (Tenor); Andrew Violette (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Violette, Andrew : Fantasy, for piano
  • Performer: Andrew Violette (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Violette, Andrew : Fugamericana, for piano
  • Performer: Andrew Violette (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern