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Ace Composers: 21st Century Chamber Music by Christopher Schmitz, Alan Schmitz, Eric Schmitz, Christopher Schmitz / various artists

Album Summary

>Schmitz, Christopher : Miniatures (5), for alto saxophone & percussion
>Schmitz, Alan : Brass Trio, for trumpet, horn & trombone
>Schmitz, Eric : Reflections, for English horn, electric guitar, double bass & drums
>Schmitz, Alan : Hexachord Fantasy, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
>Schmitz, Eric : Trio for flugelhorn, English horn & cello
>Schmitz, Christopher : Rhapsody for violin & piano
>Schmitz, Eric : Big Changes Ahead, for trombone
>Schmitz, Alan : Tango Fantasy, for viola & guitar
>Schmitz, Christopher : The Playful Lark, for flute & piano
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Ravello Records release ACE COMPOSERS features the music of three composers in the same family: Alan Schmitz and his two sons, Christopher and Eric. Though Alan describes the three composers as having different influences, their music is linked by connections to popular musical genres, which each references in some manner in a work featured on the album. Alan Schmitz's Brass Trio features a ternary structure distinguished by the presence and absence of what he describes as 'exordium' (the technique of instruments sharing one note and then gradually spreading it outward). Christopher Schmitz's Five Miniatures, for saxophone and mallet percussion, is highly atmospheric and speaks to, in its film noir character, his experience as a film composer. Trio, for flugelhorn, English horn and cello, by Eric Schmitz, represents a rare opportunity to hear the flugelhorn, which is overwhelmingly associated with jazz music, in a more classical setting. The source genre of all three composers indicate the Schmitz family are all attracted to popular "non-classical" idioms and incorporate these into their compositions. All of the Schmitz composers' music is widely performed. Alan has published articles on composing for the guitar. Christopher is attentive to film scores, while Eric prefers composing for jazz and big band.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blackdog Recording Studios, Rochester, NY (03/22/2015); Catamount Studios, Cedar Falls, IA (03/22/2015); Hipbone Studios, New York, NY (03/22/2015); Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Townsend School of Music, M (03/22/2015); Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa Center for N (03/22/2015); University of Northern Iowa Studio, Russell Hall (03/22/2015); Blackdog Recording Studios, Rochester, NY (03/29/2015); Catamount Studios, Cedar Falls, IA (03/29/2015); Hipbone Studios, New York, NY (03/29/2015); Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Townsend School of Music, M (03/29/2015); Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa Center for N (03/29/2015); University of Northern Iowa Studio, Russell Hall (03/29/2015); Blackdog Recording Studios, Rochester, NY (04/20/2015); Catamount Studios, Cedar Falls, IA (04/20/2015); Hipbone Studios, New York, NY (04/20/2015); Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Townsend School of Music, M (04/20/2015); Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa Center for N (04/20/2015); University of Northern Iowa Studio, Russell Hall (04/20/2015); Blackdog Recording Studios, Rochester, NY (04/21/2015); Catamount Studios, Cedar Falls, IA (04/21/2015); Hipbone Studios, New York, NY (04/21/2015); Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Townsend School of Music, M (04/21/2015); Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa Center for N (04/21/2015); University of Northern Iowa Studio, Russell Hall (04/21/2015); Blackdog Recording Studios, Rochester, NY (05/28/2010); Catamount Studios, Cedar Falls, IA (05/28/2010); Hipbone Studios, New York, NY (05/28/2010); Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Townsend School of Music, M (05/28/2010); Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa Center for N (05/28/2010); University of Northern Iowa Studio, Russell Hall (05/28/2010); Blackdog Recording Studios, Rochester, NY (05/28/2015); Catamount Studios, Cedar Falls, IA (05/28/2015); Hipbone Studios, New York, NY (05/28/2015); Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Townsend School of Music, M (05/28/2015); Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa Center for N (05/28/2015); University of Northern Iowa Studio, Russell Hall (05/28/2015); Blackdog Recording Studios, Rochester, NY (06/23/2015); Catamount Studios, Cedar Falls, IA (06/23/2015); Hipbone Studios, New York, NY (06/23/2015); Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Townsend School of Music, M (06/23/2015); Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa Center for N (06/23/2015); University of Northern Iowa Studio, Russell Hall (06/23/2015); Blackdog Recording Studios, Rochester, NY (10/04/2015); Catamount Studios, Cedar Falls, IA (10/04/2015); Hipbone Studios, New York, NY (10/04/2015); Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Townsend School of Music, M (10/04/2015); Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa Center for N (10/04/2015); University of Northern Iowa Studio, Russell Hall (10/04/2015); Blackdog Recording Studios, Rochester, NY (10/22/2015); Catamount Studios, Cedar Falls, IA (10/22/2015); Hipbone Studios, New York, NY (10/22/2015); Neva Langley Fickling Hall, Townsend School of Music, M (10/22/2015); Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa Center for N (10/22/2015); University of Northern Iowa Studio, Russell Hall (10/22/2015).



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Works Details

>Schmitz, Christopher : Miniatures (5), for alto saxophone & percussion
  • Performers: Monty Cole; Marcus Reddick (Marimba); Marcus Reddick (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schmitz, Alan : Brass Trio, for trumpet, horn & trombone
  • Performers: Randy Grabowski (Trumpet); Yu-Ting Su (Horn); Anthony Williams (Trombone)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Schmitz, Eric : Reflections, for English horn, electric guitar, double bass & drums
  • Performers: Charles Pillow (Clarinet); Bob Sneider; Rich Thompson (Drums)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schmitz, Alan : Hexachord Fantasy, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Thiago Ancelmo de Souza (Clarinet); Emily Duncan (Flute); Matthew Laughlin (Cello); Korak Lertpibulchai (Piano); Leonardo Perez (Violin); Andrew Thierauf (Percussion); Wannapha Yannavut (Percussion)
  • Conductor: David Gompper
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schmitz, Eric : Trio for flugelhorn, English horn & cello
  • Performers: Andrew Blanke; Hyugrai Kim (Cello); Brian Shaw (Flugelhorn)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Schmitz, Christopher : Rhapsody for violin & piano
  • Performers: Amy Moretti (Violin); Elizabeth Pridgen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schmitz, Eric : Big Changes Ahead, for trombone
  • Performer: Michael Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schmitz, Alan : Tango Fantasy, for viola & guitar
  • Performers: Todd Seelye (Guitar); Julia Trahan (Viola)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schmitz, Christopher : The Playful Lark, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Elizabeth Pridgen (Piano); Kelly Via (Flute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary