My CD of solo English horn works! Click here or on the CD to buy from CD Baby.
This CD project was a little over a year in the making. While it is my debut solo CD, this project is not and never has been about me. It’s about the music and the composers on the CD. I hope I captured the music and character of these pieces for all the listening audience.
I began this project with the idea in mind to have some of my friends write solo English horn pieces for me to play on some of my chamber music concerts. Since I didn’t really enjoy the music in the ‘standard repertoire’ I went to these friends for new compositions. The first piece I got was from Dante De Silva who has written me tons of music over the years. Then followed works by Jenni Brandon and Abe Fabella, with everyone else on the CD following shortly thereafter. These pieces are ALL great and each has their own unique voice.Click here to listen to sound clips from the CD!»
Click on the compser’s name to see their website. You can read about the pieces by clicking on the ‘program notes’ links.
Jenni Brandon – In the City at Night program notes»
Dante De Silva – Icarus
Abe Fabella – …And After That
Tim Hagen – The Ugly Duckling
Kevin Saunders Hayes – Tempted Suite
Allen Menton – Tragic Odes program notes»
Mark Popeney – Reverie
Eric Schwartz – Eletelephony and Other Tales of Whoa! program notes»
Jennifer Stevenson – Borrowed Forms
1. Borrowed Forms – by Jennifer Stevenson
2. In the City at Night – by Jenni Brandon
3.…And After That– Abe Fabella
4. Tragic Odes – Allen Menton
5. Icarus – Dante De Silva
6. Eletelephony – Eric Schwartz
7. Ugly Duckling – Tim Hagen
8. Tempted Suite – Kevin Saunders Hayes
I. Salmacis, the Curious Nymph lived in a beautiful lake on Mount Ida. One day a shy youth named Hermaphroditus took a break from his hunting to bathe in its cool waters. Salmacis conceived an immediate passion for him, but he resisted her overtures. In exasperation she beseeched the gods to make them inseparable, and the gods complied, fusing the two bodies into one creature, neither man nor woman, yet both. Fused as one, they sank beneath the surface and drowned. The lake remains, but legend says the gods granted Hermaphroditus his last wish, that the water causes impotence for all who bathe in them.
II. Pirene, the Lamenting Nymph bore two sons by the god Poseidon, but both sons perished horribly. Her grief was inconsolable and she sat weeping outside the gates of Corinth. Her endless tears transformed her into a fountain which remains to this day.
III. Echo, the Chattering Nymph formed part of Hera’s retinue. Whenever Zeus pursued some amorous affair, Echo distracted Hera with chattering gossip and singing. When Hera discovered the ruse, she deprived Echo of speech, condemning her to repeat the last syllable of whatever she heard. Rejected by her beloved Narcissus, Echo withdrew to live in solitary caves, where her voice lives on.
IV. Callisto, the Heroic Nymph took a vow of chastity in order to join the retinue of Artemis. When the amorous Zeus appeared to her disguised as Artemis, Callisto realized the deception too late. To protect Callisto from Artemis’ wrath, Zeus changed her into a great bear, but Artemis killed her with arrows. After her death, Callisto was transformed into a constellation of stars, which can still be seen in the night sky.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5