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Traceur: American Music for Clarinet & Piano by Robert Beaser, Derek Bermel, Marti Epstein, Lukas Foss, Joseph Schwantner / Michael Norsworthy, clarinet; David Gompper, piano

Album Summary

>Beaser, Robert : Souvenirs, for piccolo & piano
>Schwantner, Joseph : Black Anemones, for flute or voice & piano
>Foss, Lukas : American Pieces (3)
>Epstein, Marti : Nebraska Impromptu, for clarinet & piano
>Bermel, Derek : SchiZm, for clairnet & piano
>Gompper, David Karl : Traceur, for clarinet & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This release is a survey of music by American composers, and is a mixture of premieres and first recordings of new transcriptions for the clarinet. Featuring works from composers Robert Beaser, Joseph Schwantner, Lukas Foss, Marti Epstein, Derek Bermel, and David Gompper, this album evokes the image of Americana. While these composers typically air on the side of modernism, these particular works draw out the expansiveness, nostalgia, and optimism of traditional American compositions. Michael Norsworthy is an in demand soloist with a unique voice on the clarinet. He has gained praise all over the planet, and has premiered over 150 new works. David Gompper has worked as a pianist, a conductor, and a composer all over the world. He has been Professor of Composition and Director of the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa since 1991.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mechanics Hall (08/11/2015-08/14/2015); Mechanics Hall (11/16/2015).



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Works Details

>Beaser, Robert : Souvenirs, for piccolo & piano
  • Performers: David Gompper (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall (08/11/2015-08/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Schwantner, Joseph : Black Anemones, for flute or voice & piano
  • Performers: David Gompper (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall (08/11/2015-08/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Foss, Lukas : American Pieces (3)
  • Performers: David Gompper (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall (08/11/2015-08/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Epstein, Marti : Nebraska Impromptu, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: David Gompper (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall (08/11/2015-08/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Bermel, Derek : SchiZm, for clairnet & piano
  • Performers: David Gompper (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Mechanics Hall (08/11/2015-08/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Gompper, David Karl : Traceur, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: David Gompper (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014-2015