Hidden Melodies

Description: 
Hidden light, hidden sound
Composers: 
Yehuda Yannay
Performers: 
Radu Nagy
Lawrence Weller
Martin Shadd
Daniel C. Gnader
Calin Lupanu
Linda Siegel
Jonathan Helton
Frankie J. Kelly
Greg Flint
Terry Smirl
Michael Cameron
William Carlos Williams
Michael Svoboda
Pavel Burda
Paul Gmeinder
Lou Cucunato
Yehuda Yannay
Catalog Number: 
#531
Genre: 
experimental
new classical
Collection: 
chamber
jewish
graphic scores
improvisation
solo voice
Location: 

Milwaukee, WI

UPC: 
726708653125
Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Jan 1, 1999
Liner Notes: 
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Format: 
1 CD

Hidden Melodies

One Sheet: 

Yehuda Yannay (born 1937) has been at the forefront of contemporary musical styles for many years. With roots in Romania and Israel he lives and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The title Hidden Melodies is a musical transformation of the Jewish mystical notion of hidden light, and a hebraic atmosphere permeates these compositions. 

Im Silberwald, inspired by a trip to the magical silver forest around Stuttgart, is an extraordinarily potent soliloquy for trombone over a glass harmonica drone; conjuring images of nature and the Holocaust. Hidden Melody is the composer's response to the traditional cantillations of the Bible performed at Sabbath services, while Five Pieces for Three Players brims with virtuosity and joyous Judaic revelation. The CD concludes with the powerful At the End of the Parade, the first musical settings of poetry by William Carlos Williams. Performances and production of all these works under the composer's supervision are exemplary. 

Reviews: 

THE WIRE

"...the attention-grabbing heart is Im Silberwald, a remarkable 30 minute piece which places assertive trombone voicing against an edgy, precarious drone, generated by electronics in combination with glass harmonica" - Julian Cowley