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Easley Blackwood Chamber Music

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Easley Blackwood Chamber Music

Easley Blackwood

  • CDR 90000 081
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    • I. Andantino con moto (6:35)

    • EASLEY BLACKWOOD (b. 1933)

      Second Viola Sonata, Op. 43* (2001) (24:09)
      Charlie Pikler, viola

      I. Andantino con moto (6:35)

    • II. Allegro capriccioso (3:58)

    • II. Allegro capriccioso (3:58)

    • III. Vivace (4:07)

    • III. Vivace (4:07)

    • IV. Adagio (4:02)

    • IV. Adagio (4:02)

    • V. Allegro deciso (5:15)

    • V. Allegro deciso (5:15)

    • I. Allegro rigoroso (6:52)

    • First Violin Sonata, Op. 7 (1960) (16:39)
      Charlie Pikler, violin

      I. Allegro rigoroso (6:52)

    • II. Adagio (5:27)

    • II. Adagio (5:27)

    • III. Allegro molto (4:12)

    • III. Allegro molto (4:12)

    • I. Allegro moderato (5:07)

    • Piano Trio, Op. 22 (1968) (16:35)

      I. Allegro moderato (5:07)

    • II. Vivace (3:03)

    • II. Vivace (3:03)

    • III. Largo -- Allegro (8:16)

    • III. Largo -- Allegro (8:16)

    • I. Adagio quasi sensa misura ma non troppo rubato (6:12)

    • First Viola Sonata, Op. 1 (1953) (13:57)

      I. Adagio quasi sensa misura ma non troppo rubato (6:12)

    • II. Allegro molto (4:54)

    • II. Allegro molto (4:54)

    • III. Andante tranquillo -- Allegro molto e meccanico (2:45)

    • III. Andante tranquillo -- Allegro molto e meccanico (2:45)

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The compositions on this recording span nearly fifty years - from Op. 1 (1953), Op. 7 (1960), and Op. 22 (1968), through Op. 43 (2001).

They exhibit a wide variety of styles. It is interesting to reflect for a moment on the stylistic evolutions of other composers. Some find a particular style early on and maintain it throughout their lives - a category that includes Johannes Brahms and Frédéric Chopin. Others gradually evolve from one style to another that is totally different, usually going from conservative to radical. Alexander Scriabin and Elliott Carter are examples. Finally, there are composers who write in a variety of styles, some of which are surprisingly different in nature -- Béla Bartók and Igor Stravinsky immediately come to mind. I believe I fall into this latter category. At present, I feel comfortable writing in just about any idiom; and when a new work is requested, I ask what style is desired....

....Participating as a pianist in this recording, and thus gaining an overview of my compositions, has been a revealing experience. It was also enlightening to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Mr. Pikler and Mr. Stucka, who are both fine musicians and dedicated perfectionists.

--Easley Blackwood

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 71:48

*commissioned by Ivan Sellin through a grant to Cedille Chicago

Producers: Easley Blackwood, James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond
Cover: White Line Square I, published 1966 by Josef Albers © 2005 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Recorded: February 2-3 (Op. 43), April 28 (Op. 1), and September 4 (Op. 7), 2002; and December 4, 2004 (Op. 22) at WFMT Chicago
Piano Technician: Ken Orgel

Publishers:
First Viola Sonata, Op. 1 © 1959 Theodore Presser
First Violin Sonata, Op. 7 © 1961 Easley Blackwood
Piano Trio, Op. 22 © 1968 Easley Blackwood
Second Viola Sonata, Op. 43 © 2001 Easley Blackwood

Release date: April 2005

© 2005 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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