Release Date: November 13, 2015
Catalog #: NV6012
Symphony for String Orchestra (2001)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor
1 I. Slow and forceful—Agitated
2 II. Slow and expressive
3 III. Fast and light
Moravian Philharmonic Chamber Players | Petr Vronský, conductor
5 The Luminous Mystery
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor
Vít Mužík, violin
ALSO ON NAVONA RECORDS
Broer | Coble | Yip
Navona Records’ compilation of contemporary works for orchestra, TURBULENT SKY, presents works by composers Fred Broer, William Coble, and Stephen Yip that explore and celebrate the dramatic fanfare, intricate textures, and variety of timbres possible with the orchestra.
Broer’s three-movement Symphony for String Orchestra illustrates his intense and expressive style, contrasted with passages of soulful lamentation, whirling structures, and whimsical rhythms. The angular, dark, and fluid qualities of the strings showcase his bold and often frenzied composition. In Zephyr, Coble uses a multi-layered narrative to emphasize his management of tension, resulting in passages of mounting and waning intensities as well as moments that suggest rolling clouds forming into an unexpected storm. Written for solo violin and orchestra, The Luminous Mystery by Yip draws inspiration from five mysteries of Catholicism. This single-movement secular piece explores these mysteries by creating a variety of tone colors and textures that culminate with a radiant intensity.
This album includes a web-application which features liner notes, composer biographies, study scores, and more:
Broer has taught music in higher education for over 25 years and has served in several college administrative positions, most recently as Director of the North Shore Conservatory of Music at Endicott College in Beverly MA
He is author of the book Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Innovator of His Time (Cantilena Publishing Co.) and has edited and published several piano and chamber works by Hummel. His compositions, which number over 50, encompass a broad spectrum of solo, chamber, and orchestral music
William Coble’s honors include distinctions from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Rockefeller Foundation, Davenport Prize, Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, and First Prize in the 2012 SCI-ASCAP contest
Coble’s music has been performed at such notable venues as Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York and Tanglewood. His works have been premiered by the Richmond Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Moravian Philharmonic, eighth blackbird, the Pacifica String Quartet, and more
Stephen Yip works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, and more
He has received several composition prizes, including Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, Taiwan Music Center International Composition Prize, Robert Avalon International Prize, and the 2010 Alvarez Chamber Orchestra Freestyle Composition Competition
Fred Broer (b.1942) is a native Oregonian. He received his Master of Music degree from Indiana University and his Doctorate from Boston University. Some of the composition teachers he studied with include Jack Goode, Bernard Heiden, and Joyce McKeel. He taught music in colleges for over 25 years, served in several churches as Music Director/Organist, performed as director of several community choruses, and was Director of the North Shore Conservatory of Music, a community music school at Endicott College in Beverly MA. Broer is author of the book Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Innovator of His Time (Cantilena Publishing Co.) and has edited and published several piano and chamber works by Hummel. His compositions, which number over 50 works, encompass a broad spectrum of solo, chamber and orchestra music. He currently resides in Gloucester MA.
William Coble’s premieres include the Richmond Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Moravian Philharmonic, Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Composers Conference Chamber Orchestra, Contempo Chamber Orchestra, eighth blackbird, New York New Music Ensemble, Alea III, and the Pacifica String Quartet. He has been performed by Matt Albert, David Tanenbaum, Scott St. John, Steve Harlos, Charles Mokotoff, Daphne Gerling, Susan Synnestvedt, William Hite, Jay Morrissey, Walter Huff, Elizabeth McNutt, Sharon Garvey-Cohen, Chuong Vu, Janelle Ott, Lisa Kaplan, Judy Pannill, and Heran Yang. Conductors performing his music include Mark R. Smith, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, JoAnn Falletta, Louis Biava, Randall Fleischer, Christopher Dean, and Theodore Antoniou.
Coble’s commissions include musicians from all of the top 6 orchestras in the country. His works have been heard at such venues as Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, CAMI Hall, Harvard Group for New Music, the Chicago Symphony’s Chamber Music Series, Northwestern University’s Music Marathon, Syracuse Society for New Music, Cincinnati’s Music ‘04 Festival, Spectrum Series, Tanglewood, Florida State University Festival, MGMC-Conferences, Brandeis BEAMS, and more.
Coble’s honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Columbia’s Bearns Prize (orchestra), Rockefeller Foundation, Davenport Prize (‘90, ‘02), BMI, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Kennedy Center Friedheim (orchestra, top-10), and 1st Prize in SCI-ASCAP’s 2012 contest (V) for his Awakening Captive (chamber orchestra with computer). He is published by G. Schirmer/associated and recorded by PARMA. His studies were at Boston University, Curtis Institute of Music, University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, and Harvard University. Principal teachers include Ned Rorem, Marta Ptaszynska, David Del Tredici, Mario Davidovsky, Gunther Schuller, Steve Albert, Robert Sirota, Bill Karlins, John Eaton, Howard Sandroff, and Kotoka Suzuki.
Stephen Yip was born in Hong Kong and is now living in the United States. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) at Rice University and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His mentors include Wing-fai Law, Clarence Mak, Arthur Gottschalk, and Ellsworth Milburn. He has attended major music festivals including: Wellesley Composers Conference, Aspen Music Festival, International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Asian Composers’ League, ISCM World Music Days, Chinese Composers’ Festival, Music X, June in Buffalo, IMPULS Ensemble Akademie, California E.A.R. Unit Composer Seminar, the 13th International Summer Program (Czech Republic) International Composers’ Workshop (Luxembourg) and the International Summer Course for New Music (Darmstadt, Germany). Residencies include: the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, NE, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo Colony, NY and the MacDowell Colony, NH.
Yip’s works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and the Philippines. He has received several composition prizes, including “Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award,” “Taiwan Music Center International Composition Prize,” “Robert Avalon Interantional Prize,” “Singapore International Composition Competition for Chinese Orchestra,” “Haifa International Composition Prize,” First International EPICMUSIC Composition Prize (Italy) International Biennial composition competition, the Debussy Trio Music Foundation, Molinari Quartet’s Third International Composition Competition, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Emerging, the ALEA III composition Competition, the fourth NACUSA Texas Composition Competition, the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2010, by the National Academy of Music, (Thessaloniki, Greece), and the 2010 Alvarez Chamber Orchestra Freestyle Composition Competition, (London). His works are released on the ERM-Media, Capstone, North South Recording, Ablaze Records, ATMA Classique, Beauport Classical labels, and Navona Records.
Yip is a member of the SCI, NACUSA, and ASCAP. Currently, he is on the music faculty at Houston Community College and works as a freelance composer.
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