Michael Horvit is Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. For 25 years he served as music director at Congregation Emanu El in Houston. During his studies at Yale University, Tanglewood, Harvard University and Boston University, Horvit’s teachers were Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, Walter Piston, Quincy Porter and Gardner Read. In other words, Horvit is one of the last links between the great American Symphonic School and today’s music. Not surprisingly one can hear echoes of this illustrious past in such works as the Cullen Overture and Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra (on TROY265, works for orchestra), resplendent pieces which conjure up great open vistas and exuberant optimism. ThisRead more exceptional disc of chamber music further reveals his traditionalist style, particularly in the String Quartet No. 2, “The Wide Missouri,” whose thematic material is mostly based on one of his favorite folksongs, Shenandoah. This is truly heartfelt American music. More of Horvit’s music can be heard on TROY134 and TROY533. Read less
Works on This Recording
Quartet for Strings "The Wide Missouri"by Michael Horvit Performer:
Leslie Perna (Viola),
Darry Dolezal (Cello),
John McLeod (Violin),
Eva Székely (Violin)
Esterházy String Quartet
Period: 20th Century Written: 1993; USA Length: 27 Minutes 14 Secs.
Concerto for English Hornby Michael Horvit Performer:
Dan Willett (English Horn)
Esterházy String Quartet
Period: 20th Century Written: 1984 Length: 23 Minutes 17 Secs.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Celloby Michael Horvit Performer:
Timothy Hester (Piano),
Andrzej Grabiec (Violin),
David Garrett (Cello)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1982 Length: 22 Minutes 30 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Unfamiliar Composer- Positive ResponseJuly 5, 2012By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"This disk presents highly attractive modern American chamber music from a little-known American composer.The Concerto for English Horn and String Quartet contrasts the mournful sound of the English Horn against the traditional string quartet in a remarkably innovative and effective way. The single movement Piano Trio lasts 22 minutes and is (for this reviewer) the core work on the disk- powerful, austere, uncompromising, and outstanding in every respect. Finally, the String Quartet is based on the folk song 'Shenandoah'. The listener will probably struggle to identify fragments of the melody buried deep in Horvit's complex writing until it emerges in its full form in the final movement as the work draws to a close. This likable music should easily become a legitimate part of the collection of any lover of modern chamber music. Give it a try!"Report Abuse