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Barney Childs (1926-2000): Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close, for chamber ensemble

Album Summary

>Childs, Barney : Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close..., for piano
>Childs, Barney : Sonata for clarinet
>Childs, Barney : Stances, for flute & silence
>Childs, Barney : Real Music, for 2 clarinets
>Childs, Barney : 37 Songs, for prepared piano
>Childs, Barney : Music for Contrabass & Friend, for double bass & any orchestral instrument
>Childs, Barney : Music for Bass Drum, for 3 percussionists
>Childs, Barney : Any Five, for 5 players
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This album presents music by eclectic, iconoclastic West Coast composer Barney Childs (1926 - 2000) that is broad in both the historical sense (pieces dating from 1951 through 1981) and in the stylistic sense - from traditionally notated, traditional-sounding works to indeterminate pieces that progress organically and sound akin to collective improvisations. Childs was a largely self-taught composer until his early twenties, when he studied with Carlos Chavez, Aaron Copland, and Elliott Carter. He was also a scholar of English literature (a subject he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford and in which he received a PhD from Stanford). Composer Elliott Schwartz remembers his first encounter with Childs in the early sixties: "He was one of the most outsized personalities I had ever encountered: brash, wonderfully articulate... concerned with issues of chance, performer choice, and controlled group improvisation... . His real heroes were the rugged-individualist composers of this continent, many of them rooted in the American West as was he." The recording, performed and produced as a labor or love, a tribute to Childs, by some of his close friends, includes Childs pieces 37 Songs and Heaven To Clear When Day Did Close (piano solos), Sonata for Solo Clarinet, Stances for Flute and Silence, Real music (two clarinets), Music for Contrabass and Friend (the friend being a clarinet in this instance), Music for Bass Drum, and Any Five (flute/piccolo, bass clarinet/bassoon, contrabass, percussion, piano).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: University of Redlands, Redlands, CA (01/2001).



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Works Details

>Childs, Barney : Heaven to Clear When Day Did Close..., for piano
  • Performer: David Ward-Steinman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1980

>Childs, Barney : Sonata for clarinet
  • Performer: Phillip Rehfeldt (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Childs, Barney : Stances, for flute & silence
  • Performer: Nancy Turetzky (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Childs, Barney : Real Music, for 2 clarinets
  • Performers: Phillip Rehfeldt (Clarinet); Scott Vance (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Childs, Barney : 37 Songs, for prepared piano
  • Performer: David Ward-Steinman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Childs, Barney : Music for Contrabass & Friend, for double bass & any orchestral instrument
  • Performer: Phillip Rehfeldt (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Childs, Barney : Music for Bass Drum, for 3 percussionists
  • Performers: Chris Corman; Ronald George (Percussion); Blake Van Vliet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Childs, Barney : Any Five, for 5 players
  • Performers: Ronald George (Percussion); Phillip Rehfeldt (Bassoon); Phillip Rehfeldt (Clarinet); Nancy Turetzky (Flute); Nancy Turetzky (Piccolo); David Ward-Steinman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965