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Leon Kirchner: Revelations

> Little Suite - I. Prelude
> Little Suite - II. Song
> Little Suite - III. Toccata
> Little Suite - IV. Fantasy
> Little Suite - V. Epilogue
> Dawn - Dawn
> The Times Are Nightfall - The Times Are Nightfall
> Letter - Letter
> The Runner - The Runner
> Words from Wordsworth - Words from Wordsworth
> A Moment for Roger - A Moment for Roger
> The Twilight Stood - The Twilight Stood
> The Forbidden - The Forbidden

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: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Dawn, for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Timothy Hodges; Thomas McCargar (Bass Baritone); Andrew Fuchs; Linda Jones; Jonathan Woody (Bass Baritone); Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone); Martha Cluver (Voice); Melissa Kelley (Soprano); Elena Williamson; Daniel Neer (Voice); Joel Fan (Piano); Kelvin Chan (Bass Baritone); Matthew Hensrud (Tenor); James Bassi; Eileen Clark (Soprano); Mellissa Hughes; Kurt-Owen Richards (Bass Baritone); Avery Griffin (Bass Baritone); 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: Modern
  • 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: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1943-1946

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Words from Wordsworth, for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Melissa Kelley (Soprano); Elena Williamson; Daniel Neer (Voice); Kelvin Chan (Bass Baritone); Matthew Hensrud (Tenor); James Bassi; Eileen Clark (Soprano); Mellissa Hughes; Eric Dudley; Kurt-Owen Richards (Bass Baritone); Avery Griffin (Bass Baritone); Timothy Hodges; Thomas McCargar (Bass Baritone); Andrew Fuchs; Linda Jones; Jonathan Woody (Bass Baritone); Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone); Martha Cluver (Voice)
  • 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: Modern
  • 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: Modern
  • 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: Contemporary
  • 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: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006