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Martin Boykan: Second Chances

Album Summary

>Boykan, Martin : Second Chances, for voice & piano
>Boykan, Martin : Song Lines, for flute, clarinet, violin & cello
>Boykan, Martin : Motet, for voice, viola, clarinet & cello
>Boykan, Martin : Quartet for Strings no 3
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Notes & Reviews:

A graduate of Harvard and Yale, Martin Boykan counts Walter Piston, Aaron Copland and Paul Hindemith as his composition teachers and Eduard Steuermann as his piano teacher. He founded the Brandeis Chamber Ensemble and was pianist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has written for a wide variety of instrumental combinations including four string quartets, many trios, duos and solo works, song cycles as well as instrumental ensembles and choral music. His music is widely performed by ensembles like the New York New Music Ensemble, Earplay, Music Viva, Collage New Music and Speculum Musicae, to name a few. The recipient of many awards and commissions, Martin Boykan is an Emeritus Professor of Music, Brandeis University and was Composer in Residence at the Composer's Conference in Wellesley and the University of Utah. His music appears on the CRI and BMOP record labels.

"Martin Boykan is an American composer; he studied with Piston, Copeland, and Hindemith, among other places...His music is very dissonant, firmly grounded in mid-20th Century ideas of how music should sound, yet with some heart and approachability. His dissonances are bracing but avoid the malicious...This definitely isn't for everyone...but I can respect Boykan as one of the few who writes like this with apparent emotion. Notes and texts in English; the sonics are pleasant..."-American Record Guide



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>Boykan, Martin : Second Chances, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Donald Berman (Piano); Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Boykan, Martin : Song Lines, for flute, clarinet, violin & cello
  • Performers: Sarah Brady (Flute); Heidi Braun-Hill (Violin); Mark Margolies (Clarinet); Rafael Popper-Keizer (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Boykan, Martin : Motet, for voice, viola, clarinet & cello
  • Performers: Pamela Dellal (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Margolies (Clarinet); Rafael Popper-Keizer (Cello); Mary Ray (Viola)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Boykan, Martin : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Running Time: 16 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary