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On Cold Mountain: Songs on Poems of Gary Snyder

Album Summary

>Whelden, Roy : Cold Mountain Songs
>Frith, Fred : For Nothing, for contralto & string quartet
>Morris, Robert : This Bubble of a Heart, for contralto & string quartet
>Mathieu, William Allaudin : For All, for contralto & string quartet
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Notes & Reviews:

In 2008, the Galax Quartet and contralto Karen Clark set out to commission new songs on poetry of Gary Snyder for their unusual complement of forces: an early form of the classical string quartet - 2 violins, cello, and viola da gamba - with a modern voice. Composer/gambist/director of Galax Roy Whelden says of this project, "We wanted to expand the repertory for this ensemble and, at the same time, create something akin to late renaissance consort song poetry that speaks to us today." The four song cycles that comprise this album were premiered on June 4, 2008 at Old First Concerts in San Francisco.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA (10/2009/02/2010).



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Works Details

>Whelden, Roy : Cold Mountain Songs :: Like a Passing River
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Whelden, Roy : Cold Mountain Songs :: Wrecked Town
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Frith, Fred : For Nothing, for contralto & string quartet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Morris, Robert : This Bubble of a Heart, for contralto & string quartet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mathieu, William Allaudin : For All, for contralto & string quartet
  • Running Time: 28 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary