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Johnson: Piano Sonata, Serenade, Songs, Etc / Black


Release Date: 08/10/1995 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 61   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hunter Johnson
Performer:  William BlackRebecca TroxlerMichael VottaNed Gardner,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you like Ives and Schuman, you will want to explore Hunter Johnson's music.

Hunter Johnson was born near Benson, North Carolina in 1906. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Eastman School of Music, graduating from the latter institution in 1929. He did graduate work with Bernard Rogers at Eastman, and then worked with Alfredo Casella in Rome. He is perhaps best known for the Piano Sonata recorded here and for his music for the Martha Graham ballets: Letter to the World and Deaths and Entrances, which have had hundreds of performances in the United States, Europe and Asia given by the Graham Dance Company. His music has been variously described as neo-classic, neo-romantic and nationalist. It
Read more is most likely a combination of all three. Throughout most of his career, Johnson has been deeply involved in teaching, having taught advanced theory and composition at Cornell University, and at the Universities of Michigan, Manitoba, Illinois and Texas. In June, 1991, Hunter Johnson was named Composer Laureate of North Carolina, the first such award to be designated by the state. This disc, now at mid-price, is a wonderful introduction to the music of this sorely under-recorded American composer.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano by Hunter Johnson
Performer:  William Black (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934/1948; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
Serenade for Flute and Clarinet by Hunter Johnson
Performer:  Rebecca Troxler (Flute), Michael Votta (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Short Sonata by Hunter Johnson
Performer:  Ned Gardner (Trumpet), Ella Ann Holding (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4.
Songs (3) by Emily Dickinson by Hunter Johnson
Performer:  Donna Stephenson (Mezzo Soprano), Ella Ann Holding (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1959; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
Sonatina for Clarinet solo by Hunter Johnson
Performer:  Michael Votta (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano by Hunter Johnson
Performer:  Rebecca Troxler (Flute), Melanie McCracken (Oboe), Ella Ann Holding (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Length: 21 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata: I. Allegro molto e dinamico
Piano Sonata: II. Andante cantabile
Piano Sonata: III. Allegro giusto
Serenade
Short Sonata: I. Prologue and 3 interludes
Short Sonata: II. Introduction and allegro dinamico
3 Songs: No. 1. Exultation is the going
3 Songs: No. 2. Mortal my friend must be
3 Songs: No. 3. If pain for peace prepares
Clarinet Sonatina: I. Allegro
Clarinet Sonatina: II. Largo quasi improvisamente
Clarinet Sonatina: III. Allegro molto
Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano: I. Allegro con fuoco
Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano: II. Adagio serioso
Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano: III. Allegro molto

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