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Blackwood Plays Blackwood

Easley Blackwood

  • CDR 90000 038
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    • G-sharp minor, Allegro assai (3:12)

    • EASLEY BLACKWOOD (b. 1933)

      Five Concert Etudes, Op. 30 (1984) (17:08)

      G-sharp minor, Allegro assai (3:12)

    • E major, Allegretto con moto (2:38)

    • E major, Allegretto con moto (2:38)

    • B minor, Grave (4:09)

    • B minor, Grave (4:09)

    • E-flat minor, Allegro capriccioso (3:45)

    • E-flat minor, Allegro capriccioso (3:45)

    • A major, Alla toccata (3:00)

    • A major, Alla toccata (3:00)

    • Nocturne in C major, Op. 41, No. 1 (1996) (3:35)

    • Nocturne in C major, Op. 41, No. 1 (1996) (3:35)

    • Nocturne in A minor, Op. 41, No. 2 (1996) (4:26)

    • Nocturne in A minor, Op. 41, No. 2 (1996) (4:26)

    • A major, Veloce e leggerissimo (1:38)

    • Seven Bagatelles, Op. 36 (1993) (10:50)

      A major, Veloce e leggerissimo (1:38)

    • G minor, Andante comodo (1:02)

    • G minor, Andante comodo (1:02)

    • C major, Allegro con brio (1:17)

    • C major, Allegro con brio (1:17)

    • D minor, Andante comodo (1:08)

    • D minor, Andante comodo (1:08)

    • C minor, Con anima (1:45)

    • C minor, Con anima (1:45)

    • A-flat major, Un poco adagio (2:20)

    • A-flat major, Un poco adagio (2:20)

    • F major, Vivace (1:23)

    • F major, Vivace (1:23)

    • I. Un poco allegro (8:38)

    • Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 40 (1996) (28:04)

      I. Un poco allegro (8:38)

    • II. Scherzo-Chorale-Scherzo (4:25)

    • II. Scherzo-Chorale-Scherzo (4:25)

    • III. Largo-Molto allegro-Largo (8:28)

    • III. Largo-Molto allegro-Largo (8:28)

    • IV. Allegro risoluto (6:20)

    • IV. Allegro risoluto (6:20)

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American composer and pianist Easley Blackwood continues to branch out in attractive new directions. On this CD, Blackwood Plays Blackwood, he performs world premiere recordings of his own recent piano compositions. Challenging to perform yet easy to listen to, these new works blend traditional forms with inventive harmonies.

A student of Nadia Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen, and Paul Hindemith (at Yale), Blackwood first garnered worldwide attention for his vigorous, modernist, highly original First Symphony, premiered in 1958 by conductor Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a pianist, he is cited in Baker's Biographical Dictionary Musicians "for his performances of modern works of transcendental difficulty." During most of his 40 years as a professor at the University of Chicago (1958-1997), he was an exponent of atonality. He came to embrace traditional tonality by way of his landmark study of microtonal music in the 1980s.

On this CD, the Indianapolis native performs five lyrical works for solo piano, completed between 1984 and 1996, including his first large-scale (28 minutes) composition for solo piano, the Sonata in F-sharp minor.

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 64:37

World Premiere Recording

Recorded: December 1991, December 1993, June 1997 at WFMT, Chicago, Illinois
Producers: James Ginsburg & Burke Morton
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Production Assistant: David Dieckmann
Cover photo: Dan Rest
Design: Cheryl A Boncuore
Notes: Easley Blackwood

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