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Leon Kirchner: Revelations

Audio Samples

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Little Suite, for piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Dawn, for chorus & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Songs (3), for voice & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Words from Wordsworth, for chorus & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : A Moment for Roger, for piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Twilight Stood, for voice & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Forbidden, for piano

Album Summary

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Little Suite, for piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Dawn, for chorus & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Songs (3), for voice & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Words from Wordsworth, for chorus & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : A Moment for Roger, for piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Twilight Stood, for voice & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Forbidden, for piano
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Reviews

An intimate portrait
Revelations is an interesting overview of Kirchner's music. It ranges from some of his earliest work as a student in 1943, up through 2006, three years before his death. It's also an intimate overview, comprising of works for solo piano and piano plus voice compositions.

The opening and closing piano works -- Little Suite (1949) and The Forbidden (2006) frame the collection nicely. The Little Suite is charming in its simplicity and straight-forward themes. The Forbidden, though more complex, flows with the same easy motion as the Suite.

Dawn, while tonally based, avoids all the cliches of choral writing. This brief work has a sense of urgency to it that effectively conveys the meaning of the text. Words from Wordsworth, written 20 years after in 1966 is much more strident and edgy in tone. This isn't an academic exercise in dissonance. Kirchner illuminates the text with his carefully constructed harmonies.

Three Songs (1946) and The Twilight Stood (1982) are the most angular and atonal of the selections. Once again, the music is there to serve the text. Kirchner brings the emotions of the words vividly to life.

Pianist Joel Fan, who performs on all but one of selections, is an admirable interpreter of this music. His sympathetic readings bring its emotional content to the fore.
Submitted on 11/07/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Little Suite, for piano
  • Performer: Joel Fan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1949

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Dawn, for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Daniel Neer (Voice); Elena Williamson; Melissa Kelley (Soprano); Kelvin Chan (Bass Baritone); Joel Fan (Piano); Martha Cluver (Voice); Matthew Hensrud (Tenor); Thomas McCargar (Bass Baritone); Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone); Eileen Clark (Soprano); Avery Griffin (Bass Baritone); James Bassi; Jonathan Woody (Bass Baritone); Linda Jones; Andrew Fuchs; Timothy Hodges; Kurt-Owen Richards (Bass Baritone); Mellissa Hughes; Eric Dudley
  • Conductor: Scott Dunn
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1943-1946

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Songs (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joel Fan (Piano); Diana Hoagland (Soprano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1943-1946

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Words from Wordsworth, for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone); Martha Cluver (Voice); Jonathan Woody (Bass Baritone); Andrew Fuchs; Eric Dudley; Thomas McCargar (Bass Baritone); Mellissa Hughes; Timothy Hodges; Kurt-Owen Richards (Bass Baritone); Avery Griffin (Bass Baritone); Linda Jones; Melissa Kelley (Soprano); Elena Williamson; Daniel Neer (Voice); Kelvin Chan (Bass Baritone); Matthew Hensrud (Tenor); Eileen Clark (Soprano); James Bassi
  • Conductor: Scott Dunn
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : A Moment for Roger, for piano
  • Performer: Joel Fan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Twilight Stood, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Beverly Hoch (Soprano); Leon Kirchner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1982

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Forbidden, for piano
  • Performer: Joel Fan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2006