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There are two other American composers: Marshall Ocker, born in St Louis, Missouri in 1926, dedicates his Eclogue for string orchestra to his wife whose avid interest in ornithology is reflected in the transcription of birdsong from the eastern States, carefully notated and woven into the lush texture [listen -- track 3, 7:06-8:03], and Henry Wolking, who is a chairman of jazz studies and professor at the University of Utah, orchestrates the three linked movements of what was originally music for cello and jazz trio in his A Luta Continua, a laboured piece in which one might reasonably expect more excitement than we get [listen -- track 5, 10:56-11:50].

The Viennese composer Werner Pelinka's brief horn concerto which he calls Sinfonietta con Corale is an attractively guileless and predominantly fugal piece which opens strongly [listen -- track 2, 0:00-0:57] and ends with a gentle and colourful chorale melody.

Eberhard Eyser was born in Germany (1932) and now lives in Sweden. If his style can be measured by his Anacrón, the result of imagining 'tone constellations as geometric figures rotating around their own axes in a pitch-time coordinate system', then it is concentrated and colourful pointillism [listen -- track 4, 2:40-3:18] and over ten minutes a hypnotically appealing experience.

Copyright © 4 February 2004 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


New Music for Orchestra - Music from Six Continents 1994 Series

VMM 3028 DDD Stereo 74'13" 1994 Vienna Modern Masters

Gallagher: Grazyna Janus, harp; Koszalin State Philharmonic; Szymon Kawalla, conductor; Pelinka: ORF-Symphonieorchester; Christo Stanischeff, conductor; Ocker: Polish Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra of Krakow; Szymon Kawalla, conductor; Eyser and Wolking: Koszalin State Philharmonic; Szymon Kawalla, conductor

Jack Gallagher (born 1947):Symphony in One Movement: Threnody; Werner Pelinka (born 1952): Sinfonietta con Corale Op 5; Marshall Ocker (born 1926): Eclogue; Eberhard Eyser (born 1932): Anacrón; Henry Wolking: A Luta Continua


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