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In Eleanor's Words: Music of Stacy Garrop

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In Eleanor's Words: Music of Stacy Garrop

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    • Silver Dagger for violin, cello, and piano (5:28)

    • Lincoln Trio

      Silver Dagger for violin, cello, and piano (5:28)

    • I. The Newspaper Column (3:38)

    • In Eleanor’s Words for mezzo-soprano and piano (27:58)

      Buffy Baggott, mezzo-soprano; Kuang Hao Huang, piano

      I. The Newspaper Column (3:38)

    • II. Are You Free (7:22)

    • II. Are You Free (7:22)

    • III. An Anonymous Letter (2:33)

    • III. An Anonymous Letter (2:33)

    • IV. The Supreme Power (1:42)

    • IV. The Supreme Power (1:42)

    • V. The Dove of Peace (4:39)

    • V. The Dove of Peace (4:39)

    • VI. What Can One Woman Do? (7:50)

    • VI. What Can One Woman Do? (7:50)

    • I. Gaia (2:15)

    • String Quartet No. 3, "Gaia" (33:49)

      Biava Quartet

      I. Gaia (2:15)

    • II. Creation of Mother Earth (5:14)

    • II. Creation of Mother Earth (5:14)

    • III. Dance of the Earth (7:38)

    • III. Dance of the Earth (7:38)

    • IV. Lamentation (6:58)

    • IV. Lamentation (6:58)

    • V. ...et in terra pax (11:30)

    • V. ...et in terra pax (11:30)

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In Eleanor’s Words: Music of Stacy Garrop offers world-premiere recordings of three works by “a rising composer who . . . excites the enthusiasm of performers and audiences alike” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). A Chicago-based composer with a blossoming career, Garrop (b. 1969) has “a sharp ear for instrumental color and narrative form: She can tell a story” (Detroit Free Press). Writings by the revered American stateswoman and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt are the inspiration for Garrop’s In Eleanor’s Words (2006). Scored for mezzo-soprano and piano, the piece illuminates excerpts from six of the former first lady’s syndicated newspaper columns addressing world peace, human rights, and personal experiences. Artists are mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. Silver Dagger (2009) for violin, cello, and piano springs from an Appalachian folk song about star-crossed lovers. Garrop skillfully incorporates melodies from three traditional versions of the song in this new work, performed by the Lincoln Trio. Garrop’s much-anticipated String Quartet No. 3, “Gaia” (2008), named for the Greek goddess of the Earth and performed by the Biava Quartet, takes listeners on an engrossing journey from chaos, creation, and abundance to cataclysm and renewal. Garrop’s String Quartet No. 2, “Demons and Angels,” drew praise from, among others, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Few composers . . . can develop musical ideas as convincingly as Garrop does here."

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 67:30

Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
"Gaia" first edit: Jeanne Velonis
Recorded: November 30, 2009 (Silver Dagger); December 4 and 6, 2009 (In Eleanor’s Words); and February 3 and 5, 2010 (String Quartet No. 3, "Gaia") in the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, WFMT, Chicago
Steinway Piano,  Piano Technician: Charles Terr
Art Direction: Adam Fleishman - www.adamfleishman.com
Front Cover Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library (Eleanor Roosevelt) and Bill Burlingham (Stacy Garrop)

All works published by Theodore Presser Company:
Silver Dagger ©2010; In Eleanor’s Words ©2009; String Quartet No. 3, "Gaia" ©2010Total Time (67:30)

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