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Bernard Hoffer: MacNeil/Lehrer Variations; Elegy for a Friend; Elegy for Violin & String Orchestra; Pousette-Dart, Alan Smale, violin

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>Hoffer, Bernard : MacNeil/Lehrer Variations, for orchestra
>Hoffer, Bernard : Elegy for a Friend, for orchestra
>Hoffer, Bernard : Elegy for violin & string orchestra
>Hoffer, Bernard : Symphony ("Pousette-Dart")

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>Hoffer, Bernard : MacNeil/Lehrer Variations, for orchestra
>Hoffer, Bernard : Elegy for a Friend, for orchestra
>Hoffer, Bernard : Elegy for violin & string orchestra
>Hoffer, Bernard : Symphony ("Pousette-Dart")
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Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1934, composer Bernard Hoffer attended the Eastman School of Music. After serving as arranger for the U.S. Army Field Band, he came to New York as a freelance musician/pianist, composer, conductor and arranger. He has written extensively for films, television and commercials for which he has won several Emmy nominations, including the music for the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour. One of the major works on this recording (MacNeil/Lehrer Variations) is based on the theme he wrote for the News Hour in 1975. The two elegies on the recording are Hoffer's musical reaction to friends and loved ones' deaths. The Symphony was influenced and inspired by an exhibit of the New York abstract expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart's work.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Symphony Pousette-Dart (2007) shows what can happen when a skilled composer with great imagination encounters the work of a skilled visual artist with great imagination. The paintings by Richard Pousette-Dart (1916- 92) look like a cross between Georges Seurat's pointillism and Charles Burchfield's fantastical visions. Each of Hoffer's four movements bears the title of a painting (reproductions are included). 'Time is the Mind of Space, Space is the Body of Time' is three distinct paintings - a diamond, a circle, and a triangle, each with much ornament - so Hoffer crafted a threepart movement, each about three minutes long. Part 3 is the most distinctive, with chromatic scale lines, sporadic solos, and swinging rhythms. In II ('Radiance', a 9x6-foot painting of a night sky densely packed with galaxies, stars, and strange objects), triads emerge and fade around a long, running line. III ('White Garden Sky', a gauzy gray-and-white painting) has quiet strings and percussion, and IV ('Blood Wedding', a dramatic painting mostly in red and orange) has orchestral outbursts with quirky solos and duets by piccolo and contrabassoon. A fascinating work in a terrific program. Excellent readings by the RTE Symphony of Dublin, Ireland.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/08/2011-06/09/2011).



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Works Details

>Hoffer, Bernard : MacNeil/Lehrer Variations, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Pittman
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/08/2011-06/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hoffer, Bernard : Elegy for a Friend, for orchestra
  • Performer: Deborah Clifford
  • Conductor: Richard Pittman
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/08/2011-06/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hoffer, Bernard : Elegy for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Alan Smale (Violin)
  • Conductor: Richard Pittman
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/08/2011-06/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Hoffer, Bernard : Symphony ("Pousette-Dart")
  • Conductor: Richard Pittman
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/08/2011-06/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral