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Monsterology - Fritts, Eckert, et al / Gompper, et al

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> Monsterology - Monsterology
> Musicometry I - Musicometry I
> Echo's Song - Echo's Song
> Point of No Return - Point of No Return
> Kuta Muela (Old Stick) - Kuta Muela (Old Stick)
> An Elm We Lost - An Elm We Lost

Album Summary

>Fritts, Lawrence : Monsterology, for chamber orchestra & computer-realized sound
>Fritts, Lawrence : Musicometry I, for amplified clarinet & tape
>Eckert, Michael : Echo's Song, for choir
>Eckert, Michael : Point of No Return, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & marimba
>Gompper, David Karl : Kuta Muela (Old Stick), for bassoon, flute (or piccolo) & piano
>Gompper, David Karl : An Elm We Lost, for 2 voices, choir & orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording features works by members of the composition faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music: Michael Eckert, Lawrence Fritts and David Gompper. The six new works presented here, all composed in the 21st century, showcase a diversity of harmonic languages and musical materials, from Gompper's post-tonal centricity to Eckert's neo-classic atonality to Fritt's use of mathematical algorithms and computer-generated timbres. Lawrence Fritts is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory and director of the Electronic Music Studios at the University. His composition teachers were Shulamit Ran, John Eaton and Ralph Shapey. Another pupil of Ralph Shapey is Michael Eckert, also an Associate Professor of Theory and Composition. He has won the Bearns Prize for Composition from Columbia University and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. David Gompper is Professor of Composition and Director of the Center for New Music at the University. Gompper has lived and worked as a composer, teacher, conductor and pianist in England, Nigeria and, most recently, Russia. The project was sponsored by a grant from the University of Iowa Arts and Humanities Initiative.



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Works Details

>Fritts, Lawrence : Monsterology, for chamber orchestra & computer-realized sound
  • Conductor: William Jones
  • Running Time: 16 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Fritts, Lawrence : Musicometry I, for amplified clarinet & tape
  • Performer: Esther Lamneck (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Eckert, Michael : Echo's Song, for choir
  • Conductor: Tim Stalter
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Eckert, Michael : Point of No Return, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & marimba
  • Performers: Kazuo Murakami (Piano); Yasmin Flores (Clarinet); Ginny Armstrong (Percussion); Tamara Thweatt (Flute); Alla Cross (Violin); Ken Ishii (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Gompper
  • Ensemble: University of Iowa Center for New Music
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Gompper, David Karl : Kuta Muela (Old Stick), for bassoon, flute (or piccolo) & piano
  • Performers: Kazuo Murakami (Piano); Tamara Thweatt (Flute); Michael Geary (Percussion); Jeffrey Lyman (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: David Gompper
  • Ensemble: University of Iowa Center for New Music
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Gompper, David Karl : An Elm We Lost, for 2 voices, choir & orchestra
  • Performers: John Muriello (Baritone); Tim Stalter (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Gompper
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002