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Four Lauds

composer
1984-2000

 
The two Carter pieces come from his set of Four Lauds, honouring musicians whose friendship he enjoyed for many years. ‘Statement – Remembering Aaron’ (1999) is a tribute to Copland, which, Carter said, ‘suggests the warmth and generosity and nobility’ of his character and also includes ideas from his Ukelele Serenade, an early jazz-style piece for violin and piano—worked, however, into music of reach and grandeur. Improvisatory and passionate, ‘Rhapsodic Musings’ (2000) was an eightieth-birthday present for Robert Mann, who, as leader of the Juilliard Quartet, played an important part in establishing Carter’s quartets in the repertory. His initials are planted in the title and also in the music, as re-mi (i.e. D-E in tonic solfa), these notes often placed together as a gruff discord.

from notes by Paul Griffiths © 2015

Recordings

Soli
Studio Master: SIGCD416Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

No 1: Statement – Remembering Aaron
Track 9 on SIGCD416 [4'09] Download only
No 3: Rhapsodic Musings

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