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American Classics - Burleigh: Music For Violin And Piano


Release Date: 08/20/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559061   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Zina SchiffCherina CarmelMary Barranger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From Daniel Felsenfeld's liner notes:

Burleigh's output is fairly extensive, though little of it is has been recorded on disc. He is the author of countless moment pieces (small works, much like preludes), a large portion of which are for violin and piano. He wrote many musical settings, for voice and piano, on the poetry of Tennyson, as well as three violin concertos, three symphonies, a number of string quartets and several tone poems for orchestra, these last bearing austere titles such as Leaders of Men and From the Muses. Until 1940 he composed mostly small pieces, the bulk of which were scored for piano and violin.

Compositions by Burleigh remain largely unknown today, with a few exceptions. It is
Read more very telling that one available recording, which contains a few of his pieces, is entitled "Sherry Kloss plays Forgotten Gems." Forgotten, indeed. Perhaps the present release, as part of Naxos’ continuing effort to bring American music to the fore, will further the cause of this genteel and thoughtful musician.

The pieces here included are short, compact miniatures, single-focused and elegantly composed. They owe much to Edward MacDowell, one of the first major American composers. MacDowell wrote small "character" pieces, the most famous of which is To a Wild Rose. The origin of these pieces can be traced further back, to Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and Brahms, all of whom wrote their own versions of these "moments musicaux," usually for solo piano. Yet it is not just as a composer of moment pieces that Burleigh basks in the spirit of MacDowell, it is also in the subject matter. Both men were fascinated with Indians, both wrote music that has a quintessentially "American" sound, both were academics in music schools and both took a European training back to their own land.

These are little gems, the longest of which lasts a little over three minutes, to be absorbed pell-mell, each evocative of a single idea. In Winding Stream we hear a dark, brooding melody over the flowing piano, while the faux-Indianist From a Wigwam or Indian Snake Dance, the lusty Bolero or colourful Tints, are charming little frozen moments scored for violin and piano. This is sincere, careful and often quite beautiful music.

Daniel Felsenfeld
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concert Studies (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 19: no 4, Impromptu by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Zina Schiff (Violin), Cherina Carmel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Nature's Voices, Op. 44 by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Zina Schiff (Violin), Mary Barranger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Indian Sketches (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 40 by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Mary Barranger (Piano), Zina Schiff (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1913; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Plantation Sketches for Violin and Piano, Op. 36 by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Mary Barranger (Piano), Zina Schiff (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1916; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Characteristic Pieces (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 24 by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Mary Barranger (Piano), Zina Schiff (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 14 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Fancies (6) for Violin and Piano, Op. 31 by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Zina Schiff (Violin), Mary Barranger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1917; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7.
Concert Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 38 by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Mary Barranger (Piano), Zina Schiff (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1920; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8.
Boyhood Recollections, Op. 28 by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Zina Schiff (Violin), Mary Barranger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1925; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
9.
Spanish Dance by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Zina Schiff (Violin), Mary Barranger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1909; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10.
Cradle Song for Violin and Piano by Cecil Burleigh
Performer:  Cherina Carmel (Piano), Zina Schiff (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Warren Studio, Univ. of CA, San Diego 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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