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The Music Of Harold Farberman Vol 2 / Farberman, Et Al


Release Date: 12/18/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 497   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Harold Farberman
Performer:  Thea MannLeon WilliamsLucy Shelton
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rousse Philharmonic OrchestraStuttgart Philharmonic OrchestraRousse Percussion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Harold Farberman writes: "Unlike Volume One (Albany TROY 402) which was entirely devoted to early chamber music, Volume Two contains music for orchestra. The musical agenda is different for each work: a film score, a song cycle, a short elegy for strings, a fable for children and a symphony for percussion and strings. Atonality and tonality, including a nod to the American "pop" culture of the 50s, are employed in contrasting structures and differing styles. Incisive rhythms and a full color palette remain a constant. The film, The Great American Cowboy won the Academy Award in 1973 for the best documentary. The film contained over sixty minutes of music for symphony orchestra. War Cry was a bicentennial commission from the Colorado Springs Read more Symphony . It was premiered on November 11, 1976 by the orchestra. Elegy for String Orchestra was written in memory of my brother Leo and is dedicated to his memory. I conducted the premiere in Carnegie Hall on March 14, 1965. Tree Branch was premiered on March 7, 1998 by the Garden State Philharmonic. For a long time my colleagues have complained about the paucity of original works for children's concerts that include the conductor as the central figure. I searched for but could not find a suitable text until I looked at a branch of a tree and envisioned a baton. The rest, including the text, was easy. The intent of my Symphony was to unite the special sound qualities of a large percussion section with strings, and to acknowledge the role of percussion in our "pop" culture. The Symphony might be labeled a "cross-over" work and perhaps it is. Louie Bellson, Tito Puente, Jascha Heifetz and the Budapest Quartet shared my record shelf. However, the term "cross-over" was not yet in our vocabulary in 1957." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Great American Cowboy: Suite by Harold Farberman
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Elegy for Strings by Harold Farberman
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
The Little Boy (or Girl) and the Tree Branch by Harold Farberman
Performer:  Thea Mann (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Symphony no 1 "Homage to the Dance" by Harold Farberman
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rousse Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; USA 
Length: 17 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
War Cry on a Prayer Feather by Harold Farberman
Performer:  Leon Williams (Baritone), Lucy Shelton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harold Farberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 
Length: 23 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Great American Cowboy Suite
War Cry on a Prayer Feather: No. 1. Footprint
War Cry on a Prayer Feather: No. 2. Sun Died
War Cry on a Prayer Feather: No. 3. My Son
War Cry on a Prayer Feather: No. 4. Dance
War Cry on a Prayer Feather: No. 5. Quiet Time
War Cry on a Prayer Feather: No. 6. My People
Elegy
The Little boy (or Girl) and the Tree Branch
Symphony: I. Slowly - Allegro
Symphony: II. Waltz with Cadenzas
Symphony: III. Prologue: "Pop" Tune - Epilogue

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