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Ezra Sims: Musing & Reminiscence

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>Sims, Ezra : Sonatine for piano
>Sims, Ezra : Sonata for cello & piano
>Sims, Ezra : AEDM in mem, for cello
>Sims, Ezra : If I Told Him, for voice & cello
>Sims, Ezra : Musing and Reminiscence, for ensemble
>Sims, Ezra : Concert Piece no 2, for 2 clarinets & orchestra

Album Summary

>Sims, Ezra : Sonatine for piano
>Sims, Ezra : Sonata for cello & piano
>Sims, Ezra : AEDM in mem, for cello
>Sims, Ezra : If I Told Him, for voice & cello
>Sims, Ezra : Musing and Reminiscence, for ensemble
>Sims, Ezra : Concert Piece no 2, for 2 clarinets & orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ezra Sims (b. 1928) is known mainly as a composer of microtonal music. Surrounded by world-class performers who champion his music, he has produced a large number of chamber and solo works, choral works and two orchestral works. With his unwavering commitment to his unique vision he has made an enormous contribution to modern music. This retrospective spans his entire career, almost fifty years of compositional activity, and is an excellent introduction to his very distinctive sound world. Sims' lyricism and delicate touch are evident in his earliest works, Sonata and Sonatine, both serial and composed in 1957. AEDM in mem (1988) has a deeply introspective quality, as solo pieces often do. If I Told Him (1996, based on a Gertrude Stein poem, is declamatory and almost percussive, like Stein's own reading. Musing and Reminiscence (2003) has a sober and nostalgic quality while the final work on the recording, Concert Piece II (2005) is a double concerto with classic instrumentation.



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Works Details

>Sims, Ezra : Sonatine for piano
  • Performer: Eric Moe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Sims, Ezra : Sonata for cello & piano
  • Performers: Eric Moe (Piano); Ted Mook (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Sims, Ezra : AEDM in mem, for cello
  • Performer: Ted Mook (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Sims, Ezra : If I Told Him, for voice & cello
  • Performer: Christoph von Erffa (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1996

>Sims, Ezra : Musing and Reminiscence, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Richard Pittman
  • Ensemble: Boston Musica Viva
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2003
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sims, Ezra : Concert Piece no 2, for 2 clarinets & orchestra
  • Performers: Amy Advocat (Clarinet); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2005