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The Music of Godfrey Winham - Habit of Perfection; To Prove My Love; "Pierpont" Variations / Tony Arnold, soprano; Alan Feinberg, piano; David Fulmer, violin

Audio Samples

>Winham, Godfrey : The Habit of Perfection, for voice & string quartet
>Winham, Godfrey : To Prove My Love, songs for voice & piano
>Winham, Godfrey : Variations on a Theme by James Pierpont, for piano ("The Jingle Bell Variations")
>Winham, Godfrey : NP, short pieces (2) for computer synthesized sound

Album Summary

>Winham, Godfrey : The Habit of Perfection, for voice & string quartet
>Winham, Godfrey : To Prove My Love, songs for voice & piano
>Winham, Godfrey : Variations on a Theme by James Pierpont, for piano ("The Jingle Bell Variations")
>Winham, Godfrey : NP, short pieces (2) for computer synthesized sound
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1934 in London, American composer Godfrey Winham died at the age of 40. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and later attended Princeton where he studied with Roger Sessions. He worked at the Columbia- Princeton Electronic Music Center writing for the RCA Sound Synthesizer, which fostered his interest in this medium. From 1964 until his death in 1975, he was a pioneer and authority in the field of computer music. He also wrote music criticism and contributed to journals like Music Review and Tempo. The bulk of his writings on music, theory, logic and philosophy are at the Firestone Library of Princeton. His short life limited his actual number of music compositions, but the works on this recording are representative of his output. This is the first recording devoted exclusively to his music. Every musical work by Winham was an essay on music, showing by example the content and implications of his complex evolving philosophy of music. The music is performed by some of the best-known exponents of contemporary music, including soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Alan Feinberg.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Clocking in at 26 minutes, the presentation, seven variations, and finale are filled with earnest emotion, a light touch, and more variety than I imagined the theme could present. The further the variations move from the source material the more rich and beautiful the textures become.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Project North Studio, Rhinebeck, New York.



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Works Details

>Winham, Godfrey : The Habit of Perfection, for voice & string quartet
  • Performers: David Fulmer (Violin); Cyrus Beroukhim (Viola); Kyle Armbrust (Violin); Christopher Gross (Cello); Tony Arnold
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Winham, Godfrey : To Prove My Love, songs for voice & piano
  • Performers: Tony Arnold; Alan Feinberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Winham, Godfrey : Variations on a Theme by James Pierpont, for piano ("The Jingle Bell Variations")
  • Performer: Alan Feinberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970-1974

>Winham, Godfrey : NP, short pieces (2) for computer synthesized sound
  • Performer: Godfrey Winham
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970-1973