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Mehitabel's Serenade (2001) is a concertante work for alto saxophone and orchestra (the agile soloist is Kenneth Radnofsky for whom the piece was written) and this is another work that travels through many moods with again one of the Schwartz trademarks -- the climactic build [listen -- track 2, 9:09-10:19].

The short piece Jack O'Lantern was written in 2000 for the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra to celebrate Halloween, and is representative of the Schwartz wit, starting and ending in darkness to leave Jack grinning across the rear stage wall.

There are two slightly older pieces: Celebrations/Reflections: A Time Warp for orchestra, written in 1985 to celebrate his own 50th birthday and 25th wedding anniversary, again uses fragments of past pieces as well as a Victorian parlour song; and Timepiece 1794 for chamber orchestra, a suite of three pieces written in 1994 to celebrate Bowdoin College's bicentennial and using fragments from music of 200 years ago in a collage of wit and ingenuity. This is the opening of the first piece, Mr B's Fancye, and the Bs including Beethoven, Billings, Boccherini and Supply Belcher who wrote the tune Cumberland [listen -- track 5, 0:00-0:58].

Copyright © 21 April 2005 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Elliott Schwartz - Voyager - Five Orchestral Works

TROY646 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 75'22" 2004 Albany Records

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra; Toshiyuki Shimada, conductor; New England Conservatory Honors Orchestra; Richard Hoenich, conductor; Cleveland Chamber Symphony; Edwin London, conductor; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava; Szymon Kawalla, conductor

Elliott Schwartz (born 1936): Voyager for Orchestra (2002); Mehitabel's Serenade for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (2001); Jack O'Lantern for Chamber Orchestra and Lights (2000); Celebrations/Reflections: A Time Warp for Orchestra (1985); Timepiece 1794 for Chamber Orchestra (1994)


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