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La Luce Eterna - Music Of Francis Thorne


Release Date: 07/31/2001 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 451   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis Thorne
Performer:  Michael BoriskinConstance BeavonSue Ann KahnSusan Jolles,   ... 
Conductor:  Glen Barton Cortese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jubal TrioManhattan School of Music Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Preeminent in the American musical landscape not only as an artist but also as an administrator, Francis Thorne was born in Bay Shore, New York in 1922. A self-taught jazz pianist, he had hoped for a professional career in music but was deterred by active naval duty in World War II, a young family to support and a dismissive appraisal at Yale by the redoubtable Paul Hindemith. So for several years he worked on Wall Street, like his stockbroker father, and kept music essentially a hobby until a serendipitous recommendation from Duke Ellington led to a number of prestigious jazz engagements. With this rekindling of his musical ambitions, he ultimately traveled to Florence, Italy, studying under the American composer David Diamond, and Read more remained there with his family until 1964. Thorne has served as executive director of the American Composers Alliance and helped organize the American Composers Orchestra and served for many years as its president. His many compositions - ranging from symphonies to solo pieces - reveal a love of tonality-based chromaticism, uniting the European musical heritage with the jazz tradition native to America. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsodic Variations no 7 by Francis Thorne
Performer:  Michael Boriskin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Nature Studies by Francis Thorne
Performer:  Constance Beavon (Mezzo Soprano), Sue Ann Kahn (Flute), Susan Jolles (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jubal Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Length: 17 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
La luce eterna by Francis Thorne
Performer:  Christina Arethas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Glen Barton Cortese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan School of Music Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Length: 22 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Rhapsodic Variations No. 7
Nature Studies: No. 1. Going to Sleep in the Country
Nature Studies: No. 2. The Cricket
Nature Studies: No. 3. Looking Up
La luce eterna: I. O somma luce
La luce eterna: II. Omai sara
La luce eterna: III. O luce eterna

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