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John Heiss (b.1938) Serenade: Music of John Heiss / Fenwick Smith, flute, Martin Amlin, piano; Natasha Brofsky, cello; Franziska Huhn, harp

Album Summary

>Heiss, John : Lyric Pieces (4) for solo flute
>Heiss, John : Sonatina for flute & piano
>Heiss, John : Pieces (5) for flute & cello
>Heiss, John : Chamber Concerto, for flute & ensemble
>Heiss, John : Whimsies, for flute & piano
>Heiss, John : Soliloquy, for flute & piano
>Heiss, John : Serenade for flute & harp
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording presents seven works for flute by composer John Heiss. The flute is partnered by piano, cello, harp, and chamber orchestra and the compositions span 50 years. While Heiss has primarily composed music for flute, he also has written works for orchestra, voice, chorus, and chamber ensembles. The seven works on this recording comprise an important strand in his output, particularly in the way they trace his compositional development. Heiss studied at Lehigh University, Columbia and Princeton. He has taught at the New England Conservatory for almost 50 years, directing the NEC contemporary ensemble as well as teaching composition, flute, and music history. Flutist Fenwick Smith was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's flute section from 1978 to 2006 and a member of the New England Conservatory faculty from 1982 until 2012. A long-time member of Boston Musica Viva, his lifetime achievements as a flutist are legendary. Smith and Heiss have enjoyed a lifelong collaboration and this recording is a fitting encomium to their long and productive musical partnership.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Futura Productions, Roslindale, Massachusetts (01/10/2010); New England Conservatory (01/10/2010); Futura Productions, Roslindale, Massachusetts (01/18/2010); New England Conservatory (01/18/2010); Futura Productions, Roslindale, Massachusetts (02/07/2012); New England Conservatory (02/07/2012); Futura Productions, Roslindale, Massachusetts (02/10/1992); New England Conservatory (02/10/1992); Futura Productions, Roslindale, Massachusetts (03/06/2010); New England Conservatory (03/06/2010).



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Works Details

>Heiss, John : Lyric Pieces (4) for solo flute
  • Performer: Fenwick Smith (Flute)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1962

>Heiss, John : Sonatina for flute & piano
  • Performers: Martin Amlin (Piano); Fenwick Smith (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1962

>Heiss, John : Pieces (5) for flute & cello
  • Performers: Natasha Brofsky (Cello); Fenwick Smith (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Heiss, John : Chamber Concerto, for flute & ensemble
  • Performer: Fenwick Smith (Flute)
  • Conductor: John Heiss
  • Ensemble: New England Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemb
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1977

>Heiss, John : Whimsies, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Martin Amlin (Piano); Fenwick Smith (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Heiss, John : Soliloquy, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Martin Amlin (Piano); Fenwick Smith (Flute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Heiss, John : Serenade for flute & harp
  • Performers: Franziska Huhn (Harp); Fenwick Smith (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012