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More Music by Ralph Shapey

Album Summary

>Shapey, Ralph : Sonata for violin & piano
>Shapey, Ralph : Sonata no 1 for solo violin
>Shapey, Ralph : Adagio and Allegro, for violin & piano
>Shapey, Ralph : Etudes (4) for violin solo
>Shapey, Ralph : Sonata for violin & piano no 3
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Notes & Reviews:

An American artist of tremendous talent and adamant artistic conviction, Ralph Shapey displayed a natural aptitude for composition and violin playing from an early age. After freelancing in New York where he was much inspired Abstract Expressionist painters including Willem de Kooning, he accepted a professorship at the University of Chicago. Though hailed as a major composer, performances of his music were never abundant, probably in part because of his bluntly combative, controversial personality. Yet his works are still heard through the efforts of his champions, people continue to discover his music. This is my second CD of Shapey's violin works and I am more excited than ever about the communicative effectiveness and craft of his compositions. His music is rewarding as an immediately graspable aesthetic experience. Known as a "radical traditionalist," he combined a fervent regard and understanding of past Germanic masters - Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Brahms - with a bold spirit of innovation that is distinctly American. - Miranda Cuckson (excerpted from CD booklet)

In demand as a soloist and chamber musician in a wide range of repertoire, Miranda Cuckson has been lauded as "fiercely gifted in TimeOut NY and "a brilliant young performer who plays daunting contemporary music with insight, honesty and temperament."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College (01/04/2010/01/05/2010).



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>Shapey, Ralph : Sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Miranda Cuckson (Violin); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, New York (01/04/2010/01/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Shapey, Ralph : Sonata no 1 for solo violin
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Notes: Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, New York (01/04/2010/01/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Shapey, Ralph : Adagio and Allegro, for violin & piano
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Notes: Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, New York (01/04/2010/01/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Shapey, Ralph : Etudes (4) for violin solo
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Notes: Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, New York (01/04/2010/01/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Shapey, Ralph : Sonata for violin & piano no 3
  • Performers: Miranda Cuckson (Violin); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, New York (01/04/2010/01/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1998