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Joseph Fennimore (b.1940): 24 Romances for Solo Piano / Jeffrey Middleton, piano

Album Summary

>Fennimore, Joseph : First Romance, for piano ("With grace, elegance and tenderness")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Second Romance, for piano ("Calentura de Teresa")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Third Romance, for piano ("Tender, always singing")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Fourth Romance, for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Fifth Romance, for piano ("Slow and easy-going")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Sixth Romance, for piano (to Larry Graham)
>Fennimore, Joseph : Seventh Romance, for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Eighth Romance, for piano (to Jeffrey Middleton)
>Fennimore, Joseph : Ninth Romance, for piano ("In Hommage to Sergei Rachmaninoff")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Tenth Romance, for piano (to Paul Leavitt)
>Fennimore, Joseph : Eleventh Romance, for piano (to Jeffrey Middleton)
>Fennimore, Joseph : Twelfth Romance, for piano (to Marthanne Verbit)
>Fennimore, Joseph : Thirteenth Romance, for piano ("Somewhat grim, wary, cranky")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Fourteenth Romance, for piano ("Zocalo")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Fifteenth Romance, for piano or harpsichord
>Fennimore, Joseph : Pieces (3) for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Sixteenth Romance
>Fennimore, Joseph : Seventeenth Romance
>Fennimore, Joseph : Eighteenth Romance, for piano ("December 2010")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Nineteenth Romance, for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Twentieth Romance, for piano, left hand
>Fennimore, Joseph : Twenty-First Romance, for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Twenty-Second Romance, for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Twenty-Third Romance, for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Twenty-Fourth Romance, for piano ("January 7th")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Fifth Sonata for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Passacalle, for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Sonatinella, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Albany Records celebrates composer Joseph Fennimore's 75th anniversary with the release of this two-cd set of his 24 Romances and other select works. Born in 1940, Fennimore is known not only for his compositions, but also as an extraordinary pianist and teacher. He is best known for his works for piano and chamber ensembles. The Romances were not written as a set, but rather composed over a span of 30 years, from age 43 to 73, amidst a prolific, hugely creative career. The Romances grew from ideas that periodically arose, took hold, took shape, and suited the general idea of a Romance: a short, imaginative piano work. Also included on this 2-CD set are his Fifth Sonata for Piano; Passacalle; Sonatinella; and Three Pieces for Piano. Jeffrey Middleton, long a champion of Fennimore's piano music, graduated from Juilliard and received his doctorate from Yale. His career has included chamber music, vocal coaching and accompanying, solo performances, and teaching. Middleton is on the faculty of the School of American Ballet, and was the 2010 recipient of the Mae Wien Award for distinguished faculty service.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Joseph Fennimore is a 75-year-old American pianist-composer who has been writing and publishing since the 1960s. These 24 short romances for piano were written from 1983 to 2013. There are a few other works mixed in, like a `Passacalle' and a `Sonatinella'; but everything here is bright and consonant, oriented toward theme and melody.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: One Soul Studios (09/2006/06/2002).



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Works Details

>Fennimore, Joseph : First Romance, for piano ("With grace, elegance and tenderness")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Fennimore, Joseph : Second Romance, for piano ("Calentura de Teresa")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Fennimore, Joseph : Third Romance, for piano ("Tender, always singing")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Fennimore, Joseph : Fourth Romance, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Fennimore, Joseph : Fifth Romance, for piano ("Slow and easy-going")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Fennimore, Joseph : Sixth Romance, for piano (to Larry Graham)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Fennimore, Joseph : Seventh Romance, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Fennimore, Joseph : Eighth Romance, for piano (to Jeffrey Middleton)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Fennimore, Joseph : Ninth Romance, for piano ("In Hommage to Sergei Rachmaninoff")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Fennimore, Joseph : Tenth Romance, for piano (to Paul Leavitt)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Fennimore, Joseph : Eleventh Romance, for piano (to Jeffrey Middleton)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fennimore, Joseph : Twelfth Romance, for piano (to Marthanne Verbit)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Fennimore, Joseph : Thirteenth Romance, for piano ("Somewhat grim, wary, cranky")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Fennimore, Joseph : Fourteenth Romance, for piano ("Zocalo")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Fennimore, Joseph : Fifteenth Romance, for piano or harpsichord
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Fennimore, Joseph : Pieces (3) for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Fennimore, Joseph : Sixteenth Romance :: Summer Solstice (to Pola Baytelman)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Fennimore, Joseph : Seventeenth Romance :: Heat Index (to Ryan Reilly)
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Fennimore, Joseph : Eighteenth Romance, for piano ("December 2010")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Fennimore, Joseph : Nineteenth Romance, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Fennimore, Joseph : Twentieth Romance, for piano, left hand
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Fennimore, Joseph : Twenty-First Romance, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Fennimore, Joseph : Twenty-Second Romance, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Fennimore, Joseph : Twenty-Third Romance, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Fennimore, Joseph : Twenty-Fourth Romance, for piano ("January 7th")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Fennimore, Joseph : Fifth Sonata for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Fennimore, Joseph : Passacalle, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Fennimore, Joseph : Sonatinella, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006