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L. Bell: Reminiscences And Reflections / Jonathan Bass

Release Date: 11/25/2003 
Label:  North/South Recordings   Catalog #: 1032   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Larry Bell
Performer:  Jonathan Bass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reminiscences and Reflections, Op. 46, is a series of twelve Preludes and Fugues ñ one on each pitch ñ written intermittently over a five-year period from 1993 to 1998. The composer writes: ìInitially it operated as a kind of sketch-book for the other pieces I was composing on commission. Often the fugues were written first and the preludes were designed to reflect the harmonic content of the fugue. Like the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Reminiscences and Reflections can be played piecemeal. The character of my work, however, is closer to Robert Schumannís works with canons and the Chopin Preludes. I admired Schumannís comment about Felix Mendelssohnís Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: ëThe best fugue will always be the one that the public takes Read more for a Strauss waltz; in other words, where the artistic roots are covered as are those of a flower, so that we only perceive the blossom.í Listeners today might perceive these preludes and fugues as dance music or popular songs without words; the technical aspects of fugal writing are there for the connoisseur to discover.î Read less

Works on This Recording

Reminiscences and Reflections, Op. 46 by Larry Bell
Performer:  Jonathan Bass (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993-1998; USA 
Date of Recording: 2002/03 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 58 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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