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Inverno Azul (Blue Winter)

Inverno Azul (Blue Winter)

  • By Cynthia Folio
  • Release 18/06/2014
  • Music Genre Rock
  • Media Format CD
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Musicians: Cynthia Folio, flute Claudia Anderson, flute Jill Felber, Flute Michele Kelly, flute Marc Adler, flute Kim Trolier, flute Lois Bliss Herbine, piccolo Charles Abramovic, piano David Cramer, flue Andy Laster, bari saxophone Christopher Shelb, bass flute Terell Stafford, trumpet Bruce Barth, piano Aleck Brinkman, bass Dan Monaghan, drums Notes from the composer, Cynthia Folio: Z3 (2008) is dedicated to the flute duo, ZAWA! (Claudia and Jill) and was written specifically for their talents and personalities. The virtuosic first movement is inspired by the sound and power of the wind. The second movement highlights the duo's lyricism and builds slowly to a single "zenith." The third movement is based on salsa rhythms and harmonies. Z3 was commissioned by the PA Music Teachers Association. I wrote ONE FOR FOUR (1985) for my flute quartet at Texas Christian University. It is in ABA form with an aleatoric transition to the final A section. The outer sections emphasize the intervals of the P4 and tritone within the octatonic scale, while the B section emphasizes the consonant P5 within the diatonic scale. PHILADELPHIA PORTRAITS (2011) is dedicated to Lois, who commissioned the piece and premiered it at the National Flute Association Convention in 2011. Each movement has a subheading: I. Vincent Persichetti The place where men meet to seek the highest is holy ground (Felix Adler, quoted by Persichetti) II. John Coltrane Let us sing all songs to God To whom all praise is due ... (Coltrane, A Love Supreme) III. Marian Anderson I dearly love Negro Spirituals. They are the unburdenings of the sorrows of an entire race, which, finding scant happiness on earth, turns to the future for it's joys (Anderson) IV. Benjamin Franklin Of all my inventions, the glass armonica has given me the greatest personal satisfaction (Franklin) V. Betsy Ross Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the Red, White and Blue (George M. Cohan, "You're a Grand Old Flag") The title of ARCA SACRA (1997) is a palindrome, reflecting the fact that the piece is full of musical palindromes as well as other kinds of symmetries, including inversion, rhythmic grouping and registral expansion. I composed DEVELOPING HUES (1989) at the Yaddo artist colony, surrounded by visual artists and glorious autumn leaves. The movements are named after common oil paints. "Satin White," which explores the registral and timbral qualities of the two instruments features inversional symmetry. "Cerulean Blue" is a bluesy movement based on a repeating harmonic pattern. "Cadmium Red Light" (based on a 12-tone row) is fast and virtuosic. The original was for flute and bass clarinet; Andy helped with this arrangement, especially in regard to the multiphonics. QUINTLEXIA (2013) can be performed as a quintet or as a flute choir piece. It was commissioned by the Oklahoma Flute Society as a celebration of the 20th Annual Oklahoma Flute Fair, where it was premiered. The title comes from a Saturday Night Live skit in which Bill Murray is interviewed by Jane Curtain because he supposedly had a disability, called "quintlexia," which meant that he could only say five words: "That's true, you're absolutely right." ELEGY is dedicated to the memory of my father and mother, who passed away in 2003 and 2004, respectively. There is also a version for flute choir. SONATA FOR FLUTE AND PIANO (2011) was commissioned by and is dedicated to Julie Hobbs, who premiered it at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The project was funded by a grant from UWSP. The first two movements reflect Julie's career and interests-and even her name (using the letters of her last name as a motive). "Quodlibet" contains many references to themes from 20th-century flute repertoire. "Tema del Mar" makes references to Vox Balanae for flute, cello, and piano by George Crumb, which was the topic of Julie's dissertation. "Joropo" is inspired by the Venezuelan Joropo-a genre that combines fast-paced and virtuosic music and dance and alternates between 6/8 and 3/4. I wrote INVERNO AZUL (2014) specifically for this CD and for our amazing Temple faculty. The title refers to the ice storm on the morning we recorded it-a typical day in a truly dreary winter. Because of the tune's Latin flavor, the Portuguese translation seemed appropriate. After a slow introduction and statement of the "head," flute, trumpet and piano take improvised solos. The head is then restated and the drummer takes a solo, supporting an 11-tone vamp and ending on the one tone missing from the 12-tone chromatic scale. Thanks also to: Dean Robert Stroker for supporting this project. David Pasbrig for his time and his musical and technological expertise. Lois Bliss Herbine, for suggesting the topic of famous Philadelphians and for her many suggestions during the compositional process. Andy Laster, who helped with the arrangement of Developing Hues. The performers-all of whom are my friends and colleagues-who gave their time and energy, sometimes travelling from afar in inclement weather. Special thanks to Jill Felber and Claudia Anderson, who travelled the farthest-from California and Iowa, respectively-to record my music.

Details

Artist: Cynthia Folio
Title: Inverno Azul (Blue Winter)
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 18/06/2014
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 888174789408

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