WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Personae / Smucker


Release Date: 08/04/2017 
Label:  Gega New Ltd   Catalog #: 32  
Composer:  George AntheilEzra PoundLouis AndriessenJP Merz,   ... 
Performer:  Leslee Smucker
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Violinist Leslee Smucker is currently working on her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an active performer, teacher, collaborator, artist, and participator in various projects involving interaction between the arts, their combination and collaboration in various fields. The project “Personae” is a vivid illustration of her creative searches, and the notes to the program explain in detail her interest in the poetic and musical work of Ezra Pound and his influence on contemporary writers. Here is an extract of her notes: “The title “Personae” derives from a collection of short poems by Pound of the same name dated 1909. In Pound’s musical works, he often rejects traditional musical forms and replaces Read more them with poetic forms including the sestina. The sestina is a structured and cyclical poetic form that includes six stanzas, each with six lines. Each stanza utilizes similar words re-ordered, bringing new meaning to each stanza. Jesse Nathan, the author of the poem you hear throughout the recording, shared his thoughts on the form of the sestina: “The sestina has been called a form of “reverie”. Language repeats and shifts like clouds. The dance of variation with sameness may be the essence of art, if not life itself, and the source of the recognizable strangeness of each voice, face, persona. A person is nothing if not a variation on an ancient form.” […] I have taken the form of the sestina as my inspiration and so the recording consists of six “tercets,” or groups of three pieces. In each tercet you’ll find a work by Pound, a stanza of Jesse Nathan’s poem, and a contemporary work. My intention is for the recording to be one cohesive listening experience that lasts 55 minutes.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Printemps by George Antheil
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
2.
Madame trop vos me spremes by Ezra Pound
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
3.
Fiddle Music Suite no 1 by Ezra Pound
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
4.
Raadsels by Louis Andriessen
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Netherlands 
5.
Sestina: Altaforte by Ezra Pound
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
6.
Sestina (after Ezra Pound) by JP Merz
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Plainte pour la mort du roi Richard Coeur de Lion by Gaucelm Faidit
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
8.
The Logical Conclusion by Egemen Kesikli
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Turkey 
9.
Al poco giorno by Ezra Pound
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1931; United States 
10.
Nocturne for Violin by Kaija Saariaho
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Finland 
11.
Tu soi nel fiore della sua bellezza...Pétrus Convitortio by Anonymous
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
12.
Xenia by Louis Andriessen
Performer:  Leslee Smucker (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Netherlands 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title