DAVID MASLANKA (b.1943): Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble, MICHAEL DAUGHERTY (b.1954): Ladder to the Moon for Violin and Winds, CHRISTOPHER ROUSE (b.1949): Wolf Rounds.
Catalogue Number: 05L104
Description: Daugherty's piece is inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's urban landscapes of New York. The first movement is intimate and nocturnal; the second more virtuosic and larger in scale, both featuring the composer's ready gift for melody. Maslanka's work is introspective and somber, written in memory of a friend of the composer. In keeping with the work's deeply felt elegiac mood, any form of empty virtuosity is avoided altogether, the soloist's prominence mainly established through sustained and eloquent singing lines. Wolf Rounds was originally to have been entitled Loops, which describes its form, in slightly menacing overlapping and repeating 'circles' of material; these eventually became circling wolves in a lively and entertaining composition. Tim Conner (trombone), Glenn Basham (violin), Frost Wind Ensemble at the University of Miami; Gary Green.