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Stephen Scott (b.1944) 'Ice & Fire' / Saraiya Ruano, native american flutes; Victoria Hansen, soprano;

Album Summary

>Scott, Stephen : Afternoon of a Fire, for Native American flute & bowed piano ensemble
>Scott, Stephen : New York Drones, for bowed piano ensemble
>Scott, Stephen : Vocalise on "In a Silent Way," for soprano & bowed piano ensemble
>Scott, Stephen : Aurora Ficta, for bowed piano ensemble
>Scott, Stephen : La Guitarra, for soprano & bowed piano ensemble
>Scott, Stephen : Baltic Sketches, for bowed piano ensemble
>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
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Notes & Reviews:

Ice & Fire, the debut Navona Records album by Stephen Scott, showcases a variety of works for bowed piano. The album features The Bowed Piano Ensemble, an experimental piano group based in Denver that was founded by Scott. The ten players of The Bowed Piano Ensemble conjure from one open grand piano a multiplicity of sounds with long, singing lines, sustained drones, chugging accordion-like figures, crisp staccato tones reminiscent of clarinets, deep drum tones and more, often simultaneously, to create a rich, contrapuntal new chamber music tapestry. Ice & Fire features six compositions by Scott for the ensemble including 'Afternoon of a Fire,' written for bowed piano and improvised Native American flute in memory of the wildfire that resided in his native Colorado. The album also includes experimental works that interpret the concept of drones, a piece with five miniatures for bowed piano, and Scott's first written piece for voice and bowed piano.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Packard Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (04/06/2013).



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>Scott, Stephen : Afternoon of a Fire, for Native American flute & bowed piano ensemble
  • Performer: Saraiya Ruano (Native American Fl.)
  • Conductor: Stephen Scott
  • Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Scott, Stephen : New York Drones, for bowed piano ensemble
  • Conductor: Stephen Scott
  • Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Scott, Stephen : Vocalise on "In a Silent Way," for soprano & bowed piano ensemble
  • Performer: Victoria Hansen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Stephen Scott
  • Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Scott, Stephen : Aurora Ficta, for bowed piano ensemble
  • Conductor: Stephen Scott
  • Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Scott, Stephen : La Guitarra, for soprano & bowed piano ensemble
  • Performer: Victoria Hansen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Stephen Scott
  • Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Scott, Stephen : Baltic Sketches, for bowed piano ensemble
  • Conductor: Stephen Scott
  • Ensemble: Bowed Piano Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
  • Period Time: Modern