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MORAVEC, P.: Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy / Vita Brevis / Characteristics (Burton, Mulligan, Scarlata, Trio Solisti)


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MORAVEC, P.: Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy / Vita Brevis / Characteristics (Burton, Mulligan, Scarlata, Trio Solisti)

This program of musical portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec encompasses a song cycle, a cantata and a solo piano work. Vita Brevis is a beautiful cycle of five songs that chart a birth-to-death journey, whereas Characteristics enshrines tributes from the composer to seven musical friends, three pianists, two composers, a violinist and a countertenor, in the form of pithy piano commentaries. Moravec’s tribute to Benjamin Franklin, Useful Knowledge, is a soliloquy cum fantasy that celebrates Franklin’s pioneering rationality with music of dextrous imagination.

Moravec, Paul
Alighieri, Dante / Agee, James / Frye, Mary Elizabeth / Wordsworth, William / Yeats, William Butler, lyricist(s)

  Vita Brevis (version for soprano and piano trio)
1.   No. 1. Lullaby 00:04:46
2.   No. 2. My Heart Leaps Up 00:01:18
3.   No. 3. Mezzo Cammin 00:03:50
4.   No. 4. The Coming of Wisdom with Time 00:01:41
5.   No. 5. In Remembrance 00:03:18

Moravec, Paul

6.   I. Boisterous 00:02:29
7.   II. Serene 00:03:08
8.   III. Impish 00:01:22
9.   IV. Vivacious 00:04:01
10.   V. Elegant 00:03:52
11.   VI. Humorous 00:02:27
12.   VII. Contemplative 00:05:16

Moravec, Paul
Franklin, Benjamin, lyricist(s)

  Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy
13.   Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy 00:18:51

Total Playing Time: 00:56:19

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Moravec, Paul

Agee, James; Alighieri, Dante; Franklin, Benjamin; Frye, Mary Elizabeth; Wordsworth, William; Yeats, William Butler

La Fenice; Trio Solisti

Brauer, Cecilia; Burton, Amy; Mulligan, Simon; Scarlata, Randall

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Instrumental; Vocal

Period: Contemporary; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.559698

Barcode: 636943969823

Physical Release: 12/2011

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