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Eric Moe (b.1954): Meanwhile Back at the Ranch / various artists incl. Sarah Brady, flute; Sara Bob, piano; David Russell, cello

Album Summary

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Frozen Hours Melt Melodiously into the Past, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello & piano
>Moe, Eric [Composer] : riprap, for flute, cello, percussion & piano
>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Preamble and Dreamsong from the 4-5 a.m. REM Stage, for violin & piano
>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Mud Wrestling at the O.K. Corral, for cello & piano
>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, percussion & piano
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The five works on this disc tap into a wide and deep current of sources and ideas, a microcosm of Eric Moe's (b. 1954) fascinations, with references to Goethe and Richard Wilbur, among others. The compositional craft by which Moe achieves his expressive purposes is as varied as his musical moods, though we can detect certain trends toward process and pattern, such as cycling pitch and rhythmic collections. Also pointedly informing Moe's music is its performer centricity: as a performing pianist himself he knows what it is to enjoy what one is playing, whether a syncopated, dancing texture or a long, lyrical melodic line. A story might be told more appropriately as a comedy than as a tragedy, or might better fit a cartoon than a painting; a prayer and a joke can both convey a basic truth. In Eric Moe's work the cosmic distance between Goethe and mud wrestling is agreeably small. There's really little telling how title or source might reflect the music of a given piece, nor is there any way to assess the effect of these apparently widely diverging moments except cumulatively, after hearing the whole. The far-flung, ground-covering preferentiality of Moe's ostensible subjects, as well as the music itself, aim at an aggregate density of experience, echoing life in its odd juxtapositions and weird coincidences, its intellectual and poetic richness, its intricacy, intimacy, and avoidance of easy answers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College (03/2012).



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>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Frozen Hours Melt Melodiously into the Past, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello & piano
  • Ensemble: Firebird Ensemble (Classical)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : riprap, for flute, cello, percussion & piano
  • Ensemble: Firebird Ensemble (Classical)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Preamble and Dreamsong from the 4-5 a.m. REM Stage, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Gabriela Diaz (Violin); Eric Moe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Mud Wrestling at the O.K. Corral, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Eric Moe (Piano); David Russell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Moe, Eric [Composer] : Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, percussion & piano
  • Ensemble: Firebird Ensemble (Classical)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2011