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American Classics - A Continuum Portrait Vol 9 - Erickson

Album Summary

>Erickson, Robert : Recent Impressions, for piano & chamber orchestra
>Erickson, Robert : Songs (2), for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, viola & piano
>Erickson, Robert : High Flyer, for solo flute
>Erickson, Robert : Summer Music, for violin & tape
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Notes & Reviews:

Robert Erickson was a formidable guiding spirit as composer and teacher, acting as a mentor for a whole generation of California-trained composers. He utilized many different styles and techniques in his music, from microtonality to electronics and improvisation. High Flyer, written in 1969, requires the solo flutist to speak through the mouthpiece of the instrument while playing. In the 1970s, Erickson turned to a meditative, Asian-inspired aesthetic. The late works Two Songs and Recent Impressions, composed for Continuum as the composer was battling a progressive illness, are remarkable for their intense sensitivity to pure elements of sound and their joyous, life-affirming spirit.



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>Erickson, Robert : Recent Impressions, for piano & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Cheryl Seltzer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>Erickson, Robert : Songs (2), for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, viola & piano
  • Performer: Ellen Lang (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Erickson, Robert : High Flyer, for solo flute
  • Performer: Jayn Rosenfeld (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Erickson, Robert : Summer Music, for violin & tape
  • Performer: Mia Wu (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974