Charles Neidich – Cavallini and Jeanjean Editions

With the release of new editions by acclaimed clarinetist Charles Neidich this season, we also wanted to acquaint our readers to two outstanding previously issued publications that make significant contributions to the clarinet literature~

Cavallini coverErnesto Cavallini: 30 Caprices for Clarinet
With 2 Full Performance CD’s
Edited and Recorded by Charles Neidich

Excerpts from the Editor’s notes:

Called the Paganini of the Clarinet by the English clarinet virtuoso, Henry Lazarus, Ernesto Cavallini was a respected friend and colleague of the most important Italian composers of his day, including Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi. Cavallini wrote his 30 Caprices in five volumes, each including pieces for both technical and musical study. He was intensely interested that the Caprices be not merely technical exercises, but studies in style and phrasing: an introduction to the new expressive force of the new music of his time. With this in mind, he made numerous expressive indications in his etudes which went beyond the standard markings of crescendo, diminuendo, accelerando, ritardando. I have restored these markings and have included translations at the end of the volume. The noteworthy feature of this edition is the recording I have included with my performances of the Caprices. Rather than clutter Cavallini’s already expressively notated scores with still more markings, I offer the recording as a window into the “bel canto” style of the etudes and as models of the kind of performance to which the student should aspire. Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

Jeanjean coverPaul Jeanjean: 18 Etudes for Clarinet (Etudes de perfectionnement)
With 2 Full Performance CD’s
Edited and Recorded by Charles Neidich

Excerpts from the Editor’s notes:

Since I first played them as a student, I have had a special love for Jeanjean’s 18 Etudes de peifectionnement. Paul Jeanjean, who was principal clarinetist of the Garde Republicaine Band and later of the Monte Carlo opera, was, obviously, a musician of the greatest sensitivity. His etudes are highly developed concert works that can make for very impressive additions to recital programs. Jeanjean did not want players of his etudes to simply be concerned with learning the notes. He hoped his etudes would help educate clarinetists to hear and appreciate the new music of his time. The noteworthy feature of this edition is the recording I have included with my performances of the etudes. Rather than clutter Jeanjean’s already expressively notated scores with still more markings, I offer the recording as a window into the modern, yet romantic style of the etudes and as models of the kind of performance to which the student should aspire. Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

Judith Zaimont’s Elegy New Video

Judith Zaimont

Composer Judith Zaimont

Elegy for String Orchestra by Judith Zaimont has received a handsome treatment from NY videographer Michael Bregman, just out on Youtube. The performance is from the first of its two recordings, the one performance by the Czech Radio Orchestra. Elegy has also been recorded by the Slovak National Symphony conducted by Kirk Trevor, Naxos Records. The work was excerpted from Zaimont’s Symphony No. 2 (“Remember Me”) and was written in memoriam of Mildred “Barry” Friedman.

Reza Vali: Six World Premieres and a New CD

Reza Vali

Composer Reza Vali

Two Reza Vali’s compositions will receive their world premiers in Pittsburgh during the Segâh Festival of Persian and Turkish Music in January 2016.  These include “Segâh, Double Concerto for Persian Ney, Kamanche, and Orchestra”, which will be premiered on January 15, 2016 by Khosrow Soltani playing Ney, Kian Soltani playing Kamanche, and the Segâh Festival Ensemble conducted by Daniel Curtis.  And “Sornâ (Folk Songs, Set No. 17), for Persian Wind Instruments and Ensemble” will be premiered on January 16, 2016 by Khosrow Soltani playing Persian wind instruments, and the Hoppa Project Ensemble conducted by Erberk Eryilmaz. For more information on these works contact Keiser Classical.

“The Ancient Call (Calligraphy No. 13)” for microtonal trumpet and orchestra was performed by Neal Berntsen and the Brevard Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, on July 8th, 2015 at the Brevard Festival.  The work requires the use of a specially designed trumpet that can perform 24 notes per octave.  Please contact our rental department for inquiries.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra premiered “Funebre” on July 1st, 2015.  Please contact our rental department for inquiries.

“Ashoob (Calligraphy No. 14) for Santoor and String Quartet” will premiere in Columbus, Ohio in 2016.  Dariush Saghafi will play the Santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer), accompanied by the Carpe Diem String Quartet.

The Carpe Diem String Quartet commissioned and will premiere a new work by Reza Vali, “Raak (Calligraphy No. 15)”, during their 2016-2017 concert season. A new CD of Reza Vali’s chamber works titled “The Book of Calligraphy” will soon be released by Albany Records.

 

 

 

 

David Stock Fall-Winter 2015 Premieres

David Stock

Composer David Stock

David Stock’s “Double Take” for Solo Alto Saxophone, Percussion Soli and Wind Symphony will receive it’s world premiere Dec. 3rd, 2015 at Louisiana State University under the baton of Damon S. Talley with Griffin Campbell on alto saxophone and Brett Dietz playing percussion.  Contact our rental department for performance materials.

The string orchestra arrangement of “Suenos de Sefarad” will premiere on Oct. 29th, 2015 at The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia, conducted by Andres Cardenes.  Available from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

 

Igor Shcherbakov 60th Birthday Season

Igor Shcherbakov

Composer Igor Shcherbakov

In honor of Igor Shcherbakov’s 60th birthday season 2015-16 starting last November, Ukraine has been celebrating the iconic composer with concerts of his music across the country. Shcherbakov is regarded as a leading international and Eastern European composer, teacher, and public figure. Currently he is the President of National Composers Union of Ukraine and teaches composition at the prestigious Ukrainian National Academy of Music. His growing catalog of works published exclusively by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing include:

Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings
Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings
Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Strings
L’abbraccio del Crocifisso for Harp
Penitential Verse: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Violin and Strings
Piano Gesang
Tango Misterioso for Piano Trio
Warum: Chamber Symphony No. 5 for Strings

Browse Shcherbakov’s publications at Hal Leonard or write to Lauren Keiser Music for more information.

David Schiff’s “Infernal” at Oregon Symphony & Ellington-Strayhorn Tribute

Composer David Schiff

Composer David Schiff

The Oregon Symphony will perform David Schiff’s “Infernal” on Nov. 7th -8th, 2015. Commissioned and recorded by Seattle Symphony Orchestra/ Gerard Schwarz, Starbucks Label, “Infernal” came about from a Seattle Symphony project to produce a series of recordings containing new contemporary works based on an older piece of music. As the composer explains, “I thought for about 30 seconds and then said I would base my piece on the ‘Infernal Dance’ from Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird Suite’. My piece, ‘Infernal,’ is a double homage to Stravinsky and Henry Mancini.” This performance will be the first given in several years by the major orchestra of Schiff’s home state.

The composer’s new work “Ducal Duo” will be premiered by David Shifrin on clarinet and Darrell Grant playing piano on November 6th, 2015 as part of “Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: A Celebration.” at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Ricardo Lorenz’s “Olokun’s Awakening” Sewanee Festival Premiere

Ricardo Lorenz, Composer

Composer Ricardo Lorenz

Ricardo Lorenz’s “Olokun’s Awakening from ‘Symphonic Scenes of Chacumbele’ for Orchestra” was premiered by the Sewanee Festival Orchestra conducted by Raphael Jimenez on July 12th, 2015.  Drawing on the composer’s profound insight into the Cuban mythological and 20th Century historical figure of Chacumbeles, this first symphonic scene depicts the main characters of the myth as youths. The work’s musical tapestry is woven from the narritive which is rich in Yoruba mythology and leitmotiffs representing characters and events in the epic. Contact our rental department for inquiries.