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Fred Broer (b.1942): Music for String Quartet and Piano solo / Karolina Rojahn, piano, New England String Quartet

Album Summary

>Broer, Fred : Quartet for Strings no 8
>Broer, Fred : Piano Piece no 2
>Broer, Fred : Piano Piece no 6
>Broer, Fred : Piano Piece no 5
>Broer, Fred : Piano Piece no 8
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer, author, and educator Fred Broer presents his String Quartet No. 8, as well as four colorful piano works, on his Navona release FRED BROER: MUSIC FOR STRING QUARTET AND PIANO SOLO. Broer's adventurous String Quartet No. 8 is performed masterfully by the Boston String Quartet and is dedicated to the memory of his good friend Hilda Ayer. The first movement "Impetuous" contains a duality within the first theme consisting of a capricious character - first heard in the solo violin - opposed by an orderly drumbeat ostinato. This duality appears throughout the movement in a series of dialogues and clashes. The second movement "Fleeting" opens with ethereal tremolos and trills and ambiguous harmonies. The uncertainty of the opening gradually shifts to a character of clarity and calmness expressed through harmonic simplicity. In the final movement "Very animated," an energetic, stuttering theme is contrasted with a moody lyrical theme. Violent chords that recall the rhythm of the first movement's drumbeat ostinato, a lyrical ascending chromatic passage, and a final energetic stutter finish the work. Broer's selection of four piano pieces, as performed by Karolina Rojahn, showcases his skill in creating compelling musical moods and atmospheres. Piano Piece No. 2 undergoes abrupt and extreme changes of mood, from casual meandering to dramatic furor to dreamy simplicity. Piano Piece No. 6 is a playful scherzo, casting repetitive staccato motives against spritely interjections in the extreme registers of the piano, with a mischievous whirring theme at the piece's beginning and end. In Piano Piece No. 5, a sparkling, driven theme is contrasted with a dense trudging theme in the piano's lower register. A dark and mysterious theme takes center stage in Piano Piece No. 8, where it is contrasted with an agitated theme. At the piece's end, a wispy ascending line washes away the dark theme and disappears into the distance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Futura Productions in Roslindale MA (10/31/2015); Futura Productions in Roslindale MA (11/12/2015); Futura Productions in Roslindale MA (11/29/2015).



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Works Details

>Broer, Fred : Quartet for Strings no 8
  • Ensemble: New England String Quartet
  • Running Time: 19 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Broer, Fred : Piano Piece no 2
  • Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Broer, Fred : Piano Piece no 6
  • Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Broer, Fred : Piano Piece no 5
  • Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Broer, Fred : Piano Piece no 8
  • Performer: Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary