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John Van Der Slice: Solos And Duos (1985-2002)


Release Date: 09/05/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 870   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Van der Slice
Performer:  Misha DacicCraig HultgrenScott DealHenry Skolnick,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Van der Slice received his A.B.degree from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. degree in Ethnomusicology and a M.M. in Composition from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a D.M.A. degree in composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He studied composition with Armand Russell, Neil McKay and Paul Zonn. He is a specialist in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries and his own compositions include more than forty works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra (Specters, on TROY590). He was Professor of Music Theory at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, from which he retired in 2005. Solos and Duos presents an excellent cross-section of his chamber pieces. In Solo for Piano, for Read more example, individual pitch intervals function as subjects of a musical drama which unfolds within contrasting sections. Solo for Tuba may be thought to ìsuggest a lifeform struggling to assert itself in what threatens to be a losing battle.î The title Embers (written for the Malletkat, an electronic, programmable MIDI controller mallet percussion instrument) suggests ìremnants of thoughtÖglowing, briefly flaring, dyingÖuntil a final reawakening.î Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Solo for Piano by John Van der Slice
Performer:  Misha Dacic (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2. Solo for Cello by John Van der Slice
Performer:  Craig Hultgren (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
3. Embers (for Malletkat) by John Van der Slice
Performer:  Scott Deal (Malletkat Realization And Perf)
Period: 20th Century 
4. Duo for Contrabassoon and Piano by John Van der Slice
Performer:  Henry Skolnick (Contrabassoon), Jose Lopez (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
5. Solo for Violin by John Van der Slice
Performer:  Glenn Basham (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
6. Solo for Tuba by John Van der Slice
Performer:  John Olah (Tuba)
Period: 20th Century 
7. Fern Hill by John Van der Slice
Performer:  Joseph Evans (Tenor), Ross Harbaugh (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Solo for Piano
Solo for Cello
Embers for Malletkat
Duo for Contrabassoon and Piano
Solo for Violin
Solo for Tuba
Fern Hill

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