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David Smooke (b.1969): Modern Classical Works - "Nutschell Studies of Unexplained Death" / David Smooke, toy piano; Karl Larsen, piano; Jeffrey Gavett, baritone; Lisa Perry, soprano; and many more

Album Summary

>Smooke, David : Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, for toy piano & wind ensemble
>Smooke, David : Transgenic Fields, dusk, for piano
>Smooke, David : A Baby Bigger Grows Than Up Was, Vol. I
>Smooke, David : Some Details of Hell, for soprano, alto flute, clarinet, cello & piano
>Smooke, David : Down.stream, for toy piano & electronics
>Smooke, David : 21 Miles to Coolville, for bassoon
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer David Smooke (Peabody Conservatory of Music faculty member) is a sonic tour guide, taking the listener on a journey that explores, in his own words, “alien topographies” and “unreal landscapes.” Smooke employs a wide range of compositional techniques to paint his individually unreal soundworld, including microtonality, a deft timbral and orchestrational brush stroke, and extended performance techniques. This release features his works across the instrumental spectrum, from the title track which is a toy piano concerto with wind ensemble to the eerie piano solo, Transgenic Fields, to the multi-track composition of layered bassoons, 21 Miles to Coolville.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Peabody Institute; University Of South Carolina.



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Works Details

>Smooke, David : Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, for toy piano & wind ensemble
  • Performer: David Smooke (Toy Piano)
  • Conductor: Harlan Parker
  • Ensemble: Peabody Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 15 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smooke, David : Transgenic Fields, dusk, for piano
  • Performer: Karl Larsen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Harlan Parker
  • Ensemble: loadbang
  • Running Time: 15 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smooke, David : A Baby Bigger Grows Than Up Was, Vol. I :: A to breathing, for baritone, bass clarinet, trumpet, tromb
  • Performers: Carlos Cordeiro; Jeffrey Gavett (Percussion); Andy Kozar (Trumpet); William Lang (Trombone)
  • Ensemble: Lunar Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smooke, David : Some Details of Hell, for soprano, alto flute, clarinet, cello & piano
  • Performers: Gleb Kanasevich (Clarinet); Peter Kibbe (Cello); Lisa Perry; Stephanie Ray; John Wilson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gemma New
  • Ensemble: Lunar Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smooke, David : Down.stream, for toy piano & electronics
  • Performer: David Smooke (Toy Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Smooke, David : 21 Miles to Coolville, for bassoon
  • Performer: Michael Harley (Bassoon)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary