World Première Performance of Work by William Perry
October 26, 2008
An orchestral suite called Six Title Themes in Search of a Movie by William Perry was premiered on 20 September 2008 at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts. The performance was by the Pioneer Valley Symphony, a prominent regional orchestra in New England now celebrating its 70th season. The conductor was Paul Phillips, who has directed the orchestra for 15 years and is recognized as an important interpreter of contemporary music.
William Perry is a well-known American composer of film and concert music who has had two CDs released by Naxos in 2008.
The Innocents Abroad (Naxos 8.570200) presents suites from six Mark Twain feature films from the 1980’s including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi, and the CD title film, The Innocents Abroad. In this recording the composer conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra.
Also recently released is Jamestown Concerto: American Music for Cello and Orchestra (Naxos 8.559344) featuring cellist Yehuda Hanani with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) conducted by William Eddins. William Perry’s Jamestown Concerto for Cello and Orchestra receives its world premiere recording on this CD which also includes William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus and Virgil Thomson’s Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra. The Jamestown Concerto was written to celebrate the founding of the first permanent colony in America at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. It is dedicated to Yehuda Hanani, who gave the first performance in January of 2007.
In describing his new piece, the Six Title Themes in Search of a Movie, Perry has said: “The film composer must be able to write music in a variety of styles and provide scores appropriate to many different cultures and historical periods. In between assignments and by way of maintaining a backlog of potential themes, he or she will sometimes develop musical ideas for films which have not yet been made or even conceived, and it is in this spirit that I wrote some thematic material that I hoped might one day find a home. As it turns out, home for this music is the present suite, and I have indulged in the luxury of inventing my own film titles.”
The six movements are:
DANCE OVERTURE from the film "Wild Nights in Toronto"
WALTZ from the film "The Raincoats of Dijon"
SERENADE from the film "Angelus for an Angel"
MARCH from the film "The Bridge on the River Platte"
NOCTURNE from the film "The Black Marigold"
SIRIUS FINALE from the film "Voyage to the Dog Star"
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