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Looking Back: Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner / Jennie Oh Brown, flute

Album Summary

>Schwantner, Joseph : Black Anemones, for flute or voice & piano
>Schwantner, Joseph : Looking Back, for flute & piano
>Schwantner, Joseph : Soaring
>Schwantner, Joseph : Silver Halo, for flute quartet
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of the most prominent American composers today, best known for his orchestral works (including "Aftertones of Infinity," - 1979 Pulitzer Prize), Joseph Schwantner has long shown a special affinity for the flute. On Looking Back, flutist Jennie Oh Brown embraces Schwantner's progressive, colorful musical language while directly quoting and acknowledging music of his past. The four pieces on this album were written over a span of three decades. Jennie Oh Brown is Artistic Director and Flutist with Picosa, a chamber ensemble for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and resident composer.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
'Black Anemones' is a short, popular, pretty piece for flute and piano. Looking Back is a longer work that makes minimalism's influence even more apparent. The slow movement of Looking Back uses a lot of extended techniques. Silver Halo, for flute quartet, is tonal and minimalist-influenced. The musicians care about the music, and they put a lot of energy and expression into it.



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Works Details

>Schwantner, Joseph : Black Anemones, for flute or voice & piano
  • Performers: Janice MacDonald (Flute); Jennie Oh (Flute); Jeffrey Panko (Piano); Susan Saylor (Flute); Karin Ursin (Flute); Karin Ursin (Piccolo)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Schwantner, Joseph : Looking Back, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Janice MacDonald (Flute); Jennie Oh (Flute); Jeffrey Panko (Piano); Susan Saylor (Flute); Karin Ursin (Flute); Karin Ursin (Piccolo)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Schwantner, Joseph : Soaring
  • Performers: Janice MacDonald (Flute); Jennie Oh (Flute); Jeffrey Panko (Piano); Susan Saylor (Flute); Karin Ursin (Flute); Karin Ursin (Piccolo)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Schwantner, Joseph : Silver Halo, for flute quartet
  • Performers: Janice MacDonald (Flute); Jennie Oh (Flute); Jeffrey Panko (Piano); Susan Saylor (Flute); Karin Ursin (Flute); Karin Ursin (Piccolo)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music