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Sarah Wallin Huff: Soul of the Machine; Courage Triptych; Gypsy Wanderer; Counterpoint Invariable; Adore / Petr Vronsky

Album Summary

>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Courage Triptych, for 2 violins, piano, saxophone & string orchestra
>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Gypsy Wanderer, for violin & piano
>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Anima Mechanicae
>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Counterpoint Invariable, for 3 violins
>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Adoré, for string orchestra
>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

As in a Philip K. Dick or Isaac Asimov novel, composer Sarah Wallin Huff's music on SOUL OF THE MACHINE, her debut solo release on Navona Records, explores the relationships between mechanical structures, organic beauty, and identity. Wallin Huff's string quartet Anima Mechanicae: Soul of the Machine is a reimagining of minimalist techniques, in the style of Philip Glass, and uses mathematical ratios to determine rhythmic and tonal patterns, setting a science fiction tale of a computer that is given the chance to experience human emotions. Another work that has an overarching tale, one of uncertainty and identity, is Courage Triptych, a cinematic suite of "images," while Adoré transforms the hymn "My Tribute" by Andraé Crouch into an open and ethereal piece, remindful of Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question. The sonata for violin and piano, Gypsy Wanderer, is a study of patterns, colors, and formula, creating rhythmic and harmonic wanderings. The three movements of Counterpoint Invariable follow a strict arrangement of phrases, varying only the compositional material, illustrating that mechanical designs can produce emotive beauty.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Sarah Wallin Huff's record contains works from when she was only 18 years old and others from only a couple of years ago. The early works such as A Garder Prayer sound clearly. I find little depth or nuance in this safe, consonant, simplistic piece for piano trio.



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Works Details

>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Courage Triptych, for 2 violins, piano, saxophone & string orchestra
  • Performers: Lucie Kaucka (Piano); Jakub Latal (Violin); Vit Muzik (Violin)
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic (11/09/2013); Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic (11/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Gypsy Wanderer, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Karolina Rojahn (Piano); Maria Wozniakiewicz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Ensemble: Moravian Strings
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 04/2013

>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Anima Mechanicae :: Soul of the Machine, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: New England String Quartet
  • Running Time: 11 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Counterpoint Invariable, for 3 violins
  • Performers: Julia Okrusko (Violin); Klaudia Szlachta (Violin); Maria Wozniakiewicz (Violin)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Huff, Sarah Wallin : Adoré, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007

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