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 

CHAMA "The Eagle and the Plumed Serpent"  violin and piano duet, or violin and guitar duet. 14'  Peter Ware
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Ware's style, inspired by North America's landscape and Indian heritage, has been described as 'paintings in sound.' Chama, "the Eagle and the Plumed Serpent", the opeing composition, 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 (violin/fl.) of meditative character.  Exotic scales along with portamento convey a primitive, near eastern quality.  9 p.  Score & Part  violin, Guitar  AE56X;  violin, Piano  AE314  $15.98

DARK WINTER WALTZ  Viola solo  6'  Peter Ware
Exploiting the lyrical aspect of the viola, this piece captures the spacious and desolate qualities of the north.  The melody unfolds with soulfully, interjected with double stops over a pizzicato drone.  In an expanded ternary form, the middle section explores the lower register in a slow, dark waltz.  2 p.  AE292  $3.98

ELEGY  violin solo  3'  Peter Ware
Inspired by the Oka Indian uprising in Quebec, this solo intonation with its plaintive sigh motives and mournful tremolos, moves beyond the specific event as a meditation  for all time.  Fluid and unhurried, it weaves pure lyric poetry.  1 p.  AE950  $2.98

  string octet (violin (4), Viola (2), Cello. (2)) 
35'  Peter Ware
"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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KLUANE  Violin/Cello  22'  Peter Ware  
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This four movement suite is a virtuoso showpiece, featuring idiomatic string writing with extensive use of double stops, melodies accompanied by pizzicato, tremolos and harmonics.  Opening is the evocative and highly dramatic North Face, followed by the jazz inspired Blues with syncopated rhythms, hemiola and blue notes.  Dark Winter Waltz then opens solemnly, progressing to a slow waltz in the cello's lower register.  Wind Dance, marked prestissimo, is a furious, fluttering tremolo study.  12p.  violin  AE1522 ;  Cello AE1581 $13.98

LONDON PIANO TRIO  violin, Cello, Piano  22'  Peter Ware
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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  Clarinet, Viola, Piano  11'  Peter Ware
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  violin, Db., Piano  or violin, Tb., Piano  3.5' Peter Ware
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  violin, Db., Piano  AE195 ;  violin, Tb., Piano  AE11X  $11.98

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