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The Curtis Project: Music by Jennifer Higdon, David Ludwig, Thomas Oltarzewski, Gabriella Smith, Kat Souponetsky, Daniel Temkin & Tim Woos / PRISM Quartet

Album Summary

>Higdon, Jennifer : Short Stories, for 4 saxophones
>Ludwig, David : Josquin Microludes, for 4 saxophones
>Souponetsky, Kat : The Dniester Flow, for 4 saxophones
>Temkin, Daniel : Blossoming, for 4 saxophones
>Smith, Gabriella : Spring / Neap, for 4 saxophones
>Oltarzewski, Thomas : Toccata, for 4 saxophones
>Woos, Tim : Miniatures (4), for 4 saxophones
Ensemble Composers
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Notes & Reviews:

In 2012, the PRISM Quartet conducted a residency with the composition department of the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music, the first by saxophonists in the conservatory's nearly 100-year history. The residency culminated in world premiere performances of "Josquin Microludes" by David Ludwig, a member of Curtis' composition faculty and Dean of Artistic Programs, and new works by five gifted students, all of whom have since graduated and are emerging as significant voices in contemporary music. The program also featured "Short Stories" by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, a Curtis graduate who joined the faculty in 1994. This recording documents all seven works, and is a testament to the Curtis Institute's standing as an international center for the study of composition. All of the composers represented on this album have distinct voices that in some way embrace elements of invention and lyricism - an aesthetic that dates back to Curtis' founding in 1924, and to the music of one of its earliest and most distinguished alumni, Samuel Barber.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall (05/07/2012-05/08/2012); Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall (07/05/2014-07/07/2014).



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Works Details

>Higdon, Jennifer : Short Stories, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall (07/05/2014-07/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Ludwig, David : Josquin Microludes, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall (07/05/2014-07/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Souponetsky, Kat : The Dniester Flow, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall (05/07/2012-05/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2012

>Temkin, Daniel : Blossoming, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall (05/07/2012-05/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2012

>Smith, Gabriella : Spring / Neap, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall (05/07/2012-05/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2012

>Oltarzewski, Thomas : Toccata, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall (05/07/2012-05/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Woos, Tim : Miniatures (4), for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall (05/07/2012-05/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2012