Gwyneth Walker “When the Spirit Sings” New Chamber Music Album

Composer Gwyneth WalkerA new album of Gwyneth Walker’s chamber music, When the Spirit Sings, is being released by Centaur Records in 2016.  Recorded by Musica Harmonia, it features many of Walker’s best-known string chamber works, including A Vision of Hills for piano trio, Letters to the World for piano quartet, and the title work When the Spirit Sings for piano trio.  A newly-composed piece for string trio and clarinet entitled The Peacemakers completes the album.

Gwyneth Walker is currently on several new compositions in 2016, including a symphonic work for the Holyoke Civic Orchestra in Massachusetts, to be premiered in October of 2016, and various string chamber and orchestral works.

Gwyneth Walker Spring 2014 update

Composer Gwyneth WalkerGwyneth Walker has been traveling the country attending performances of many of her chamber works. Brass music was featured in an all-Walker concert entitled BRIGHT BRASS in February. Jay Hunsberger, Principal Tuba of the Sarasota (FL) Orchestra, and students from his studio at the University of South Florida, performed many works, including CELESTIAL KEYS (Tuba and Organ) and BELOVED BASS (Tuba and Piano).

In January, Dr. Walker was in Harrisonburg, VA, for an all-Walker program of string chamber music. The performers were “Musica Harmonia,” a piano quartet based primarily at Eastern Mennonite University. The concert program included A VISION OF HILLS (piano trio) and LETTERS TO THE WORLD (piano quartet).

On the horizon, “Musica Harmonia” is preparing to record a CD of Walker string works
in June. A new piano trio has been commissioned by Fairfield University (CT), to
celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Quick Center for the Arts – October of
2015. For more information on Gwyneth Walker’s instrumental music, contact Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.

Recent Contemporary Works by Composer

For more information about any of these works, please write to Lauren Keiser Music.

Composer Bruce AdolpheBRUCE ADOLPHE

    Do You Dream in Color? (2009) 20′
Mezzo-Soprano, Piano
Composed to a poem by blind Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin, “Do You Dream in Color” is both a personal memoir and a celebration of the human spirit.

    Emma and the Blue Baku (2012) 40′
3 Child Sopranos, 2 Child Altos, 2 Sopranos, Baritone: Vibraphone, Marimba, Piano, Harpsichord, Harp
In her sleep, an eight year old girl named Emma encounters a blue dream-eating monster called the Baku. The story by James Bradburne relates the sometimes frightening challenges of growing up and the power a child’s dreams can give them to overcome their own fears and doubt.

    Farmony (2006) 5′
String Quartet with kids’ audience participation
A short interactive string quartet especially for youth concerts where kids in the audience pretend to be farm animals. Written for Sharon Roffman and the Stone Barns Quartet.

    Flutogram (2011) 10′
Piccolo, 2 Flutes, Alto Flute
Flutogram was written as a tribute to flutist Carol Wincenc, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Flute Association Convention 2011. The two movements for piccolo, 2 flutes and alto flute are both based on the letters of her name and total about 10 minutes performance time.

    Piano Concerto (2012) 20′
Piano Solo: 1+1.2+1.2.2: 2.2.1.1(BTbn): Timp: Str
Dedicated to John Kimura Parker. 3 movements, approx. 20 minutes. Complete performance materials available on rental. Full score and piano reduction available for sale from the publisher.

    Piano Puzzlers (2012)
Brand-new edition of Bruce Adolphe’s Piano Puzzlers as heard on Public Radio’s “Performance Today”. Includes 32 tunes with songs by Gershwin, Berlin, Arlen, Porter, Rodgers, Fats Waller, Lennon & McCartney, and others disguised in the styles of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Janacek, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bartok, and Copland. Introduction by Fred Child, Host of American Public Media’s “Performance Today”.

DONALD CROCKETT

    The Face (2012) 80′
Cast: Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Bass. Ensemble: Flute (dPicc, AFl, BFl), Horn, 1 Percussion, Guitar(dAGtr, EGtr-slide), Piano, Violin, Cello, Double Bass
A ficticious present-day poet living in Venice Beach struggles with the loss of his lover and the unraveling of his personal life while he participates in the filming of a documentary about his career. The opera combines musical theater, choreography, and an original silent film which is projected onto the stage as a key dramatic element in the story.

DON FREUND

    Five Elizabethan Dances from “Romeo and Juliet” (2011) 6′
2+1.2.2+Eb Cl, BCl.2: AATB Saxes: 3.4.4.2 Euph.2: Perc(5)
Five Elizabethan Dances is drawn from the music that sets the scene and provides the accompaniment for the Ballroom Scene from Don Freund’s Romeo and Juliet: A Shakespearean Music Drama for singing actors and piano. The style of the dances is freely drawn from dances found in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (music from ca. 1562 to 1612), spiced up with changing meters and chromatic twists of melody and harmony reflecting a more recent musical language. Each of the dances represents a pivotal scene-within-a-scene.

PENG-PENG GONG

    String Requiem (2011) 10′
String Orchestra (suggested 16.14.12.10.8)
Peng-Peng Gong’s 10-minute requiem was composed in 2011, dedicated to the memory of the composer’s grandmother.

DAVID SCHIFF

    Canzonetta (2011) 4′
Solo Trumpet: 0.0.0.0: 4.0.0.0: Perc(2): Str. Solo part may be divided among trumpet section.
Schiff’s Canzonetta is a four-minute jazz-style solo for trumpet with strings, four horns and two percussionists, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony in honor of conductor Gerard Schwarz’s farewell season. The solo part may optionally be divided among a full orchestral trumpet section.

    Class of 1915 (2011) 12′
Flute(dPicc), Clarinet(dBCl), Violin, Cello, Piano
“Class of 1915” was written in celebration of the dual centenaries of Reed College and Arnold Schoenberg’s celebrated work, “Pierrot Lunaire.” Though the work shares the same instrumentation, which has become popular among new music ensembles, Schiff’s work is a celebration of popular song and dance styles from themid-1910′s arranged in a suite that makes an ideal curtain-raiser for “Pierrot” concerts.

DAVID STOCK

    A Conscious Stream (2011) 6′
Flute, Piano
Conscious Stream is a six-minute work for flute and piano, commissioned by Alberto Almarza

    Go for Two (2012) 8′
Alto Saxophone, Piano

Go for Two for alto saxophone and piano consists of two contrasting movements: “Warmly” is a lyrical andante followed by a fast rhythmic second movement titled “Driving”.

    Sizzle for Solo Percussion and 8 Winds (2011) 15′
Perc Solo: Flute(dPicc), Oboe, Clarinet(dEbCl), Soprano Sax(dAsax), Horn, C Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Sizzle is a five movement concerto for percussion with eight wind and brass players, 15 minutes.

    Taking Sides (2011) 22′
2 Violin Soli: Perc(2): Str
Taking Sides is a 22 minute concerto for two violins, strings and percussion, commissioned by the New Haven Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic for its 100th Anniversary.

    You Shall Have Nothing but Joy (2011) 2′
Mezzo-Soprano, Piano
Written for Mirit Shana Spilker in honor of her Bat Mitzvah, You Shall Have Nothing but Joy is an adaptation of Jewish Liturgical text. Duration ca. 2′.

REZA VALI

    The Darkness of Fury (2012) 5′
2(2dPicc).2(1dEH).2.2: 4(+opt Hn5).3.3.1: Timp.Perc(2): Str
The Darkness of Fury is a contemplation of the brutality of war, especially the wars of the Middle East since 1948. Following a brief and violent introduction, a terse chromatic “Fugue from Hell” ensues–demons chasing demons. A romantic transition played by the strings is a fleeting ray of hope for peace. But this is short lived as the Fugue returns bringing the piece to its brutal and violent end.

GWYNETH WALKER

    Let America Be America Again (2012) 11′
Narrator: 2+1.2.2.2: 4.3.3.1: Timp.Perc(1): Str
Let America Be America Again is a powerful orchestral setting with narration of the famous poem by African-American poet/playwright, Langston Hughes.

ROBERT DICK

    Time is a Two-Way Street (2004) 13′
2 Flutes
A richly expressive and evocative flute duo, “Time is a Two-Way Street” is an audience favorite, dialoguing the contrasting elements of Japanese-inspired flute music with very futuristic multiphonic sections. Within the technical grasp of flutists with an elementary multiphonic technique, the duo was commissioned by Jun Kubo in 2004 and premiered by Robert Dick and Jun Kubo at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York.

PETER LIEUWEN

    Cello Concerto (2012) 20′
Cello Solo: 2.2.2.2: 2.2.0.0: Timp: Str
Written for Cellist Nick Jones, Peter Liewen’s Cello Concerto was premiered by the Orion Orchestra at Musicfest 2012 in Wales.

    Overland Dream for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (2011) 14′
Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano
Described by the San Antonio Current as “a stirring single movement piece,” Overland Dream was premiered at the Texas Music Teachers Association Conference by the SOLI Chamber Ensemble. Length approx. 14 min.

STEVEN WINTEREGG

    Celebration (2011) 8′
3.2.2.2: 4.2.3.1: Timp.Perc(3).Pno: Str
A companion piece to Resolution to celebrate the composer’s wife of reaching the five year mark of being cancer free. Duration ca. 8′; composed 2011. Premiered May 2012 with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

    The Great Divide (2009) 15′
1.1.1.1: 1.1.1.1: Perc(2).Pno: Str
Two-movement piece based on C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. Premiered by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Peter Stafford Wilson, Music Director. Duration ca. 15′; composed 2009.

February 2013 Performances

February 2013
1          Eric Ewazen – Down A River of Time
            Cleveland Heights HS – Shoshana Klein, Soloist; Daniel Heim, Conductor
2          George Walker – Lyric for Strings
    
        Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra – Daniel Meyer, Conductor
4          David Ott – Symphony No. 2
            Moundsview High School – 2 perf. John Madura, Conductor
8          Charles Young – Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band
            US Army Field Band – 8 perf. SFC Brian Sacawa, Saxophone; Col. Timothy Holtan, Cond.
10        Wendell Logan – Runagate, Runagate for Chamber Ensemble
            SUNY New Paltz – Harvey Felder, Conductor
15        Francois Borne – Carmen Fantasy (band)
Morehead State University – Richard Miles, Conductor
15        Eric Ewazen – Shadowcatcher for Brass Quintet and Orchestra
            Wichita Symphony Orchestra – 2 perf. American Brass Quintet; Daniel Hege, conductor
15        David Ott – Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra
            University of Tennessee – Wesley Baldwin, Carter Enyart, Cellos; James Fellenbaum, Cond.
17        Michael Lankester – A Pocket-Sized Guide To The Orchestra: Part 1 From The Time Machine
Fort Collins Symphony – Wes Kenney, Conductor
21        Don Freund – Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’
            University of Tennessee Martin – John Oelrich, Conductor
21        Stephen Hartke – A Brandenburg Autumn
            Richmond, VA Symphony – 2 perf. Steven Smith, conductor
22        Adolphus Hailstork – American Guernica
            Mona Shores HS – 2 perf. Allison Lukens, Piano. Jason Boyden, Conductor
23        Gwyneth Walker – Bicentennial Suite
            Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra – Jonathan Baker, Conductor
25        Bernhard Heiden – Diversion
            St. Charles East HS, IL – Taimur Sullivan, Saxophone; Jim Kull, Conductor
26        Daniel Dorff – The Tortoise and the Hare
            Knoxville Symphony Orchestra – 2 perf. Lucas Richman, conductor
28        Adolphus Hailstork – American Guernica
            Ithaca College – Mark Fonder, Conductor