This string quartet is set in an expressionistic vein, exploiting both lyrical and percussive qualities. It moves through a series of contrasting moods, with sudden changes in tempo, register and dynamics. Opening vigorously, there follows a dreamy section, a mournful section and closing "furioso". 7 p. Score & Parts AE322 $16.98
CHAMA "The Eagle
and the Plumed Serpent" Vln/Fl., Gtr/Pn 14' Peter
"Ware's style has been described as 'paintings in sound.' Chama, "the Eagle and the Plumed Serpent" is exactly that. It evoked exotic imagery which produced a blend both real and dramatic." -Kitchener Waterloo Record
This evocative work was inspired by the writings of Carlos Castaneda. In a variation form, it opens and closes with an extensive solo (vln/fl.) of meditative character. Exotic scales along with portamento convey a primitive, near eastern quality. 9 p. Score & Part Vln, Gtr AE56X; Vln, Pno AE314 $15.98
KABAH Vln (4), Vla (2),
Vlc. (2) 35' Peter
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KABAH: "An exotically evocative piece, describing the atmosphere and spirit of the place with eerie harmonics, long-held notes and often sparse harmonies conveying a sense of vast emptiness and antiquity." -The Washington Post "Kabah, inspired by a Mayan ruin in Mexico's Yucatan peninsular, is a forceful and intense piece that yields little to the narrative style." -Tim Panting, Classical Guitar magazine
Named after a Mayan ruin in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, this three movement Octet is fashioned in a fast-slow-fast arrangement. The outer movements are lively and rhythmically active with a compelling character, while the Andante proceeds with a ceremonious beauty. The work is recorded on the Acoma CD GXD5733. 55 p. Score AE918s $55.98, Score & Parts AE918 $157.98
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LONDON PIANO TRIO violin, Cello, Piano 22'
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The first movement uses multiple tempos and opens with a violin and piano duet. When the cello enters, much dialogue and jest ensues. The harmonic and melodic material is derived from the symmetrical chords of the violin and piano duet. This material is transformed and developed, at times humorously, throughout the movement. The second movement is an Elegy, with plaintive sigh motives, tremolos and grace notes to nothing. It is fluid and unhurried, weaving pure lyric poetry. The Totentanz follows with the cello starting the playful and sinister dance of death. The last movement Presto appassionata is dramatic and driving, commencing with an angular cello solo. After the piano enters, the muted violin is heard in exchange with the muted cello. The driving tempo proceeds with syncopated interjections. Later, the unflagging pulse halts in a jagged violin interlude, which matches the opening cello solo in character and wit. This Andante espressivo section is followed by an animated Prestissimo. A short Adagio is inserted before the final rush to a terse closing theme in triple octaves. Score 47 p. AE381 $47.98. Violin part AEVl381 $10.98. Cello part AEVC381 $10.98
THE NIGHT RAINBOW Clt.,Vla, Pno 11'
“The Night Rainbow, a tremendously appealing work for clarinet, viola and piano...” -Richmond News Leader
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A Fantasy-Variation, this piece was inspired by the moonbow at Cumberland Falls in Kentucky. Enchanting melodies of the clarinet and viola weave a texture of atmospheric awe, deliberate and unhurried. The piano, frozen in its higher register, contrasts with a crystallized tone, creating a sense of starkness and desolation. 10 p. Score & Parts AE713 $14.98
TOTENTANZ Vln, Db., Pno or Vln, Tb., Pno 3.5' Peter
Opening with a bass solo, this playful and sinister dance of death, features the violin and bass in dialogue and paired against the piano accompaniment. 7 p. Score & Parts Vln, Db., Pno AE195 ; Vln, Tb., Pno AE11X $11.98
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