Noises, Sounds & Strange Airs
CD of new American music by Ewazen, Heinick, Marshall and Snow
From the CD's booklet:
David Heinick joined the faculty of the Crane School of Music in 1989, after having taught for ten years at St. Mary's College of Maryland. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Catholic University of America. In Maryland, he spent fifteen summers as a member of the artist-faculty of the Tidewater Music Festival, and acted as Director of that festival for three years. He is the composer of over fifty works for a variety of media, ranging from unaccompanied flute to symphony orchestra; his music has been performed throughout the United States, and broadcast on National Public Radio and the CBC.
With Carol Heinick, he performs extensively playing music for two pianists at one or two pianos. He is also active as a collaborative pianist; he has performed with the Kronos String Quartet and the Da Capo Chamber Players, as well as with members of the American Brass Quintet, the Vancouver Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony.
About Shakespeare Songs
"The Shakespeare Songs were written in 1985 for baritone Larry Vote and clarinetist John Laughton, at the time my colleagues on the faculty of St. Mary's College of Maryland. Beyond their authorship, the five texts are not unified on a conscious level. Similarly, the musical styles of the five songs are quite varied: The second and fifth are thoroughly tonal (the second song consists simply of a newly-composed melody overlaid on a piece by Peter Phillips from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book), while the fifth is an affectionate parody of a certain species of Victorian song. The remaining three songs are aggressively nontonal. This eclecticism was the result not of any polemical intention, but rather of my musical response to each of the songs in turn. Nonetheless, I find that in retrospect, I very much enjoy the way the juxtaposition of musical languages invites us to listen to them with refreshed ears.
"It was a joy to work with Ivan Thomas and Alan Woy in the preparation of the present performance. I salute them for their professionalism and artistry."
Last updated March 01, 1997