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Forever Beeler: Sonatas & Soli of Alan Beeler


Release Date: 03/10/2017 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6085  
Composer:  Alan Beeler
Performer:  Janeček, AlešLucie KauckáLadislav BilanPetr Hladik,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Forever Beeler represents a sampling of composer Alan Beeler's prolific output throughout his musical career, which is generally defined by his commitment to compositional craft and structural clarity. The works featured on this album also reveal a playfulness lying just under the surface of Beeler's compositional perspective. This quality of Beeler's music is most notable in the seven sonatas for piano, often accompanied by another instrument, included in Forever Beeler. Here, Beeler crafts engaging conversations between the players at his disposal - he employs a great deal of imitative writing and a more roaming style than in the more concise works on this album. A particularly clear example of Beeler's flui sense of style occurs in the Read more second movement of his Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, which is dominated by a subtle "swing" characteristic as well as the "cakewalk rhythm" popular in early twentieth century ragtime music. One of the most deeply intriguing works in Forever Beeler is the Three Early Pieces for Piano, which ranks among the first music Beeler formally composed and published. These short pieces exemplify the directness of Beeler's compositional voice, as they clearly develop and resolve a singula rmusical idea. In addition to being succinct, finely crafted piano miniatures, they stand as evidence to this album's unique offerings to listeners. It is extremely rare to have this kind of longitudinal representation of a composer's career available in an individual recording. The collection is even more valuable because, despite his indomitable and specific approach to composition, Beeler's oeuvre is filled with nuance, all of which stands out in Forever Beeler. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Clarinet & Piano by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Janeček, Aleš (Clarinet), Lucie Kaucká (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Something More Cheerful Suite: Variations on a Well-Known Tune by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Ladislav Bilan (Vibraphone)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Sonata for Flute & Piano by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Petr Hladik (Flute), Lucie Kaucká (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
My Identity Suite by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Sonata for English Horn by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Jennifer Slowick (English Horn), Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Multi-Tonal Suite by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Sonata for Oboe by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Jennifer Slowick (Oboe), Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
8.
Early Pieces (3) for Solo Piano by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Lucie Kaucká (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
9.
Sonata de Camera by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Jan Dvorak (Bassoon), Lucie Kaucká (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
10.
Beeler's Fit '06 by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
11.
Sonatas for Bass Trombone and Piano by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Dalibor Prochazka (Bass Trombone), Lucie Kaucká (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
12.
Sonata for Piano by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
13.
Sonata for Tuba and Piano "The Octatonic Tuba" by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Lucie Kaucká (Piano), Jiri Kral (Tuba)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
14.
12-Tone Quartal Etude by Alan Beeler
Performer:  Karolina Rojahn (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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