Garlands for Steven Stucky

JULIA ADOLPHE (b.1988): Snowprints, JULIAN ANDERSON (b.1967): Capriccio, CHARLES BODMAN RAE (b.1955): Steven Stucky in memoriam, CHEN YI (b.1953): In Memory of Steve, LOUIS CHIAPPETTA (b.1989): This is No Less Curious, DONALD CROCKETT (b.1951): Nella Luce, BRETT DEAN (b.1961): Hommage à Lutosławski, FANG MAN (b.1977): That raindrops have hastenen the falling flowers: in memory of Steven Stucky, GABRIELA LENA FRANK (b.1972): Harawi-cito de charanguista ciego, DANIEL S. GODFREY (b.1949): Glas, JOHN HARBISON (b.1938): Waltz (in memoriam Steven Stucky), ANDERS HILLBORG (b.1953): Just a Minute, PIERRE JALBERT (b.1967): Inscription, JESSE JONES (b.1978): Reverie, WILLIAM KRAFT (b.1923): Music for Gloria (in memoriam Steven Stucky), HANNAH LASH (b.1981): November, DAVID F. LEFKOWITZ (b.1964): In Memoriam: Steven Stucky, MAGNUS LINDBERG (b.1958): Fratello, DAVID LIPTAK (b.1949): Epitaph, STEVEN MACKEY (b.1956): A Few Things (in memory of Steve), JAMES MATHESON (b.1970): CHAPTER I: In which our hero dies and encounters Palestrina, Brahms, Debussy, Ligeti, Lutosławski and other dead loves; looks out to see the entire universe before him, and prepares to visit all of the amazing shit therein, COLIN MATTHEWS (b.1946): some moths for Steve, HAROLD MELTZER (b.1966): Children’s Crusade, ERIC NATHAN (b.1983): In memoriam, JOSEPH PHIBBS (b.1974): Elegy, in memory of Steven Stucky, KAY RHIE (b.1971): Interlude, CHRISTOPHER ROUSE (b.1983): Muistimerkki, ESA-PEKKA SALONEN (b.1958): Iscrizione, MICHAEL SMALL (b.1988): Debussy Window, STEPHEN ANDREW TAYLOR (b.1983): Green Trees Are Bending, ANDREW WAGGONER (b.1960): ...and Maura brought me cookies (Remembering Steve), JUDITH WEIR (b.1954): Chorale (for Steve), STEVEN STUCKY (1949-2016): Two Holy Sonnets of Donne for Mezzo-Soprano, Oboe and Piano (Peabody Southwell [mezzo], Carolyn Hove [oboe]).

Catalogue Number: 11U061

Label: Bridge

Reference: 9509

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: Stucky was a greatly respected and much loved figure, one of the major composers taken from us in the musical annus horribilis that was 2016. He was a composer of quality (see 07O086, 06T009, and he makes a cameo in his own memorial with his eloquent chamber setting of Two Holy Sonnets of Donne), and a highly regarded teacher and colleague for many musicians. This project was initiated by Gloria Cheng, who approached the composers for memorial pieces. All the pieces are approachable, covering a wide range of styles, and run the gamut of emotional responses, from anguished memorials, some with outraged flares of anger to gentle little elegies, and affectionate personal reminiscences in musical form, to match the composers' tributes in the booklet. A number of the pieces make reference to Stucky's own works, or to mutually admired compositions by others, notably Lutosławski, on whose music Stucky was a noted authority. As is commonly the way with the best examples of this kind of tribute (one thinks of the similar project honouring John McCabe some months ago [03T081]), the contributing composers are moved to put something of the essence of their musical personalities into their pieces, and while every listener will have their own favorites the overall result is a pleasing, successful recital of real substance in its own right. Gloria Cheng (piano).

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