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Chamber music of Paul Nauert (b.1966): A Distant Music / Leta Miller, flute; Paul Nauert, piano; Paul Miller, clarinets; David Tanenbaum, guitar; Roy Malan, violin et al.

Album Summary

>Nauert, Paul : Episodes & Elegies, for piano
>Nauert, Paul : Darwin Street, for clarinet
>Nauert, Paul : Pathfinding, for clarinet
>Nauert, Paul : A Distant Music, 9 pieces for string quartet
>Nauert, Paul : Subtext, for guitar
>Nauert, Paul : Miniatures (2), for piano
>Nauert, Paul : Flight Path, for flute & piano
>Nauert, Paul : Soaring, for flute & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Paul Nauert's (b. 1966) compositions, mainly for solo and small-ensemble forces, reflect an ongoing interest in intimate/private discourse as a model for musical rhetoric, the coloristic use of harmony, and an engagement with different qualities of pulsation and its absence. Most of the music on this CD - composed after his ALS diagnosis, with the exception of three pieces from the late 1990s - represents a freer and more intuitive way of composing, with less reliance on computational tools, than Nauert's earlier work. He calls Episodes and Elegies and A Distant Music, the larger pieces on this disc, "post-algorithmic composition." He writes: "My music changed in response to the disease. I explored new ideas, new techniques, and points of contact with other music I love (Mel Powell, Harrison Birtwistle - J.S. Bach, in far more abstract terms) out of a sense that these things couldn't be postponed until later. My customary algorithmic techniques gave way to more intuitive processes, and elaborate compositional designs were replaced by patterns I could retain fully in my memory, as the physical act of composition grew slower, and as my external workspace became limited to my view of the computer screen positioned in front of my eyes by an assistant."

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Paul Nauert, born 1966, grew up in the Midwest (Missouri), studied on the East Coast (Columbia), and taught on the West Coast (University of California, Santa Cruz) before retiring in 2009. The pieces on this very-well played- and-recorded New World release date from 1998 to 2012 and show Nauert writing in a fully-chromatic. At its best it can offer a pleasing balance of incident versus calm, assertiveness versus delicacy, and spontaneity versus logic that remains interesting to the ear if seldom deeply engaging to the emotions.

Most likeable and engaging are the cycle of cycle of eight short piano pieces, Episodes and Elegies, and two six-minute fantasies for flute and piano, Flight Path and Soaring. The longer unaccompanied solos (Darwin Street and Pathfinding for clarinet and Subtext for guitar) range more freely. Any competent player could make up this sort of doodling ad infinitum. A Distant Music, comprising nine bagatelles for string quartet, falls somewhere between the piano cycle and the longer solos; some of the wispier numbers, in particular, have a kind of hieroglyphic charm. "New Music" fanciers, in short, might want to check this out. You know who you are.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Sa (04/05/2012); Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Sa (04/11/2000/04/14/2000); Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Sa (10/02/1999); Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Sa (11/04/2011); Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Sa (11/07/2014); Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Sa (11/08/2014).



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Works Details

>Nauert, Paul : Episodes & Elegies, for piano
  • Performer: Marilyn Nonken (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Nauert, Paul : Darwin Street, for clarinet
  • Performer: Paul Miller (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Nauert, Paul : Pathfinding, for clarinet
  • Performer: Paul Miller (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Nauert, Paul : A Distant Music, 9 pieces for string quartet
  • Performers: Ivo Bokulic (Viola); Roy Malan (Violin); Kevin Rogers (Violin); Vanessa Ruotolo (Cello)
  • Notes: Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Santa Cruz, CA (11/04/2011); Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Santa Cruz, CA (11/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nauert, Paul : Subtext, for guitar
  • Performer: David Tanenbaum (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Nauert, Paul : Miniatures (2), for piano
  • Performers: Paul Miller (Clarinet); Carl Pantle (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Nauert, Paul : Flight Path, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Leta Miller (Flute); Paul Nauert (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Santa Cruz, CA (04/11/2000/04/14/2000)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Nauert, Paul : Soaring, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Leta Miller (Flute); Paul Nauert (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Center Recital Hall, University Of California, Santa Cruz, CA (04/11/2000/04/14/2000)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999