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American Classics - McKay: Suite for Viola, etc / Bolcom

Album Summary

>McKay, George Frederick : Caricature Dance Suite, for piano
>McKay, George Frederick : From My Tahoe Window - Summer Moods and Patterns, for piano
>McKay, George Frederick : Americanistic Etude for piano, Op. 27
>McKay, George Frederick : An April Suite, fo piano, Op. 3
>McKay, George Frederick : Dance Suite no 2 for piano
>McKay, George Frederick : Dancing in a Dream, for 2 pianos
>McKay, George Frederick : Songs (5) for soprano & piano
>McKay, George Frederick : Every Flower That Ever Grew, for voice & piano
>McKay, George Frederick : Suite for viola & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

McKay was the first student to graduate in composition from Eastman. Although his performance instrument was the violin, the piano compositions here included exemplify his ability to write idiomatically for the instrument. Chamber works for strings, dance music and some of McKay's lovely songs showcase the composer's ability to write engaging music that is firmly rooted in the art music of the time.

"Joan Morris, a long practised, intelligent and affecting singer in this genre, sings well though there is a slight, perhaps touching, tremor in her voice. The songs are consummately constructed, without great artifice. They reach out directly as do Copland's Old American Songs. This is all highly attractive music." -MusicWeb-International



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Works Details

>McKay, George Frederick : Caricature Dance Suite, for piano
  • Performer: William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>McKay, George Frederick : From My Tahoe Window - Summer Moods and Patterns, for piano
  • Performer: William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>McKay, George Frederick : Americanistic Etude for piano, Op. 27
  • Performer: William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>McKay, George Frederick : An April Suite, fo piano, Op. 3
  • Performer: William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>McKay, George Frederick : Dance Suite no 2 for piano
  • Performer: William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>McKay, George Frederick : Dancing in a Dream, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: John Skelton (Piano); William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>McKay, George Frederick : Songs (5) for soprano & piano :: Bunches of Grapes
  • Performer: William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>McKay, George Frederick : Songs (5) for soprano & piano :: Days of the Week
  • Performer: William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>McKay, George Frederick : Songs (5) for soprano & piano :: The Flower will Bloom Another Year
  • Performer: William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>McKay, George Frederick : Every Flower That Ever Grew, for voice & piano
  • Performer: William Bolcom (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>McKay, George Frederick : Suite for viola & piano
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948