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American Classics - Wolpe / Group for Contemporary Music

Album Summary

>Wolpe, Stefan [Composer] : Quartet for Strings C. 170
>Wolpe, Stefan [Composer] : Second Piece for Violin Alone, C. 165
>Wolpe, Stefan [Composer] : Trio in two Parts for Flute, Cello and Piano, C. 163
>Wolpe, Stefan [Composer] : Piece for Oboe, Cello, Percussion & Piano (Oboe Quartet), C. 130
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Notes & Reviews:

Most of the works on this disc date from the 1960s, when Stefan Wolpe reduced the complexity of his music and became fascinated by classical modes of thought that he had at one time rejected. His 'String Quartet' lies on the border between composition and improvisation, while the 'Trio' is a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of musical shapes. The 'Piece for Oboe, Cello, Percussion and Piano' of 1954 uses unorthodox sound sources such as biscuit tins and a kitchen grater, and was described by the composer as "tight, wild, fluctuous, sometimes moist and like burning air."



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Works Details

>Wolpe, Stefan [Composer] : Quartet for Strings C. 170
  • Performers: Curtis Macomber (Violin); Toby Appel (Viola); Theodore Arm (Violin); Fred Sherry (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
  • Running Time: 18 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968-1969

>Wolpe, Stefan [Composer] : Second Piece for Violin Alone, C. 165
  • Performer: Curtis Macomber (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Wolpe, Stefan [Composer] : Trio in two Parts for Flute, Cello and Piano, C. 163
  • Performers: Fred Sherry (Cello); Harvey Sollberger (Flute); Charles Wuorinen (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
  • Notes: Concordia College, Bronxville, NY (11/09/1991/11/10/1991)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 02/1964

>Wolpe, Stefan [Composer] : Piece for Oboe, Cello, Percussion & Piano (Oboe Quartet), C. 130
  • Performers: Stephen Taylor (Oboe); Aleck Karis (Piano); Daniel Kennedy (Percussion); Fred Sherry (Cello)
  • Conductor: Harvey Sollberger
  • Ensemble: Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
  • Notes: Concordia College, Bronxville, NY (11/09/1991/11/10/1991)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954