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Chamber Music of Kerry Turner

Album Summary

>Turner, Kerry Drew : Berceuse for the Mary Rose, for woodwind quintet
>Turner, Kerry Drew : Quarter-After-Four, for violin, horn & piano
>Turner, Kerry Drew : Sonata for horn & string quartet
>Turner, Kerry Drew : Quartet for horns No 3
>Turner, Kerry Drew : Rhapsody for nine instruments
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Kerry Turner, a native of San Antonio, Texas, has been writing music since he was 10 years old. At the age of 11, he won the San Antonio Music Society Composition Competition and six years later was awarded Baylor University's First Prize at its composition contest with a large scholarship to that institution. However, composing was not Kerry's passion at this time. He chose to concentrate on horn studies and later transferred to the Manhattan School of Music in 1980. After studies in Stuttgart with the renowned Hermann Baumann, Kerry joined the American Horn Quartet in 1985, which sparked an interest in writing for that ensemble. In due course he would write three Quartets for horns and various other works centering on the brass ensemble. His prodigious output over the past two decades makes it somewhat simple, generally speaking, to categorize Mr. Turner's works into several different styles. The works from the late 1980s combine an interesting "Shostakovich-like" sound to Turner's already developing "Western-American" style. As the millennium (and his 40th birthday) approached, a keen interest in counterpoint and a deep insight into the works of Arnold Schoenberg exuded a strong influence on his style and technique.



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>Turner, Kerry Drew : Berceuse for the Mary Rose, for woodwind quintet
  • Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Chamber Players
  • Notes: Jurriaanse Zaal, de Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (09/20/2006-09/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Turner, Kerry Drew : Quarter-After-Four, for violin, horn & piano
  • Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Chamber Players
  • Notes: Jurriaanse Zaal, de Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (09/20/2006-09/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Turner, Kerry Drew : Sonata for horn & string quartet
  • Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Chamber Players
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1990

>Turner, Kerry Drew : Quartet for horns No 3
  • Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Chamber Players
  • Notes: Jurriaanse Zaal, de Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (09/20/2006-09/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Turner, Kerry Drew : Rhapsody for nine instruments
  • Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Chamber Players
  • Notes: Jurriaanse Zaal, de Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (09/20/2006-09/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002