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New Waltzes For Piano / Eric Moe


Release Date: 11/30/2004 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 689   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hayes BiggsWayne PetersonRobert HelpsAndrew Imbrie,   ... 
Performer:  Eric Moe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"... the listening experience is like walking through a set of fun-house mirrors."

Eric Moe writes: "The waltz traffics in weightlessness. By adding an extra step to the one-two/left-right of pedestrian movement, it forces the waltzer and listener off the ground and into the air (left-right-UP). Some of these waltzes tackle gravity head on (Roger Zahab's Levitation of pianos during a waltz), others are more insinuatingly buoyant, but all share this attribute. These new waltzes are not exclusively American - there are contributions from Poland (Zygmunt Krauze's Music Box Waltz) and Nigeria (Akin Euba's Study in African Jazz 3) - but they are indebted to vernacular American rhythms which add even more
Read more bounce. Their distinguished European ancestry is recognizable, but these waltzes are very much of our time - only lighter. I have revisited Robert Helps' and Robert Moran's Waltz Project of the mid-1970s - half of the 22 waltzes on this CD are from the collection published by C.F. Peters. They include works that have become standards of the repertoire, such as Milton Babbitt's Minute Waltz and Philip Glass' Modern Love Waltz, as well as other gems. The remaining 11 waltzes are new, ten composed especially for this recording, with Ricky Ian Gordon's Waltz a happy discovery. The variety is enormous. Some have a direct connection with jazz: Anthony Cornicello's PostModern Waltz deconstructs a famous McCoy Tyner solo; my own Pulaski Skyway Waltz begins with a quotation from Mal Waldron's Firewaltz, Akin Euba's “African Jazz” study draws from the musical wells of Africa and Vienna, while Andrew Imbrie infuses a one-to-the-bar waltz with the headlong energy of bebop. Lee Hyla's One Moe Time has an improvisational feel, eventually cutting loose ecstatically before returning to its senses. Other waltzes comment trenchantly on the genre itself, like Ron Caltabiano's Character Sketch: About a Waltz. Virgil Thomson's birthday card to Mrs. Efram Zimbalist subverts the waltz rhythm with a thumping duple cross-rhythm in the process of quoting “Happy Birthday.” Charles Wuorinen's Self-Similar Waltz operates on a deeper level of wit, reflecting its muscular self in myriad ways; the listening experience is like walking through a set of fun-house mirrors."
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Works on This Recording

1. Susan's Waltz by Hayes Biggs
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
2. Valse Subliminale by Wayne Peterson
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
3. Valse MIrage by Robert Helps
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
4. Waltz by Andrew Imbrie
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
5. Pulaski Skyway Waltz by Eric Moe
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
6. Ghost Waltz by Louis Karchin
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
7. Self-Similar Waltz by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
8. Red Garnet Waltz by Joan Tower
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
9. Study in African Jazz 3 by Akin Euba
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
10. Waltz for Piano by Roger Sessions
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1978 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
11. Music Box Waltz by Zygmunt Krauze
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
12. Waltz for Piano by Ricky Ian Gordon
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
13. Waltz for Piano by Karl Kohn
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
14. One Moe Time (Waltz for Eric) by Lee Hyla
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
15. Minute Waltz by Milton Babbitt
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
16. Levitation of Pianos during a Waltz by Roger Zahab
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
17. Waltz for Evelyn Hinrichsen by Lou Harrison
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
18. Shadow Waltz by Matthew Rosenblum
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
19. For a Happy Occasion by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 0 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
20. PostModern Waltz by Anthony Cornicello
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
21. Character Sketch - About a Waltz by Ronald Caltabiano
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 
22. Modern Love Waltz by Philip Glass
Performer:  Eric Moe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY (10/09/2002 - 10/10/2002) 

Sound Samples

Susan's Waltz (Valse sentimentale)
Valse Subliminale
Valse mirage
Waltz
Pulaski Skyway Waltz
Ghost Waltz
Self-Similar Waltz
Red Garnet Waltz
Study in African Jazz 3
Character Sketch: About a Waltz
Waltz
Music Box Waltz
5 Dances for Piano: Waltz
Waltz
Modern Love Waltz
One Moe Time (Waltz for Eric)
Minute Waltz (3/4 ± 1/8)
levitation of pianos during a waltz
Waltz for Evelyn Hinrichsen
Shadow Waltz
For a Happy Occasion (Happy Birthday for Mrs. Zimbalist)
Post-Modern Waltz

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