by moonlight

by moonlight

Music of waxing lyricism
Jeremy Beck
Dimitar Tenchey
Boris Radilov
Sofia Session Orchestra
Grigor Palikarov
The First Readings Project
David Ostenso Moore
Todd Seelye
Paul York
Jeffrey Brich
Korey Barrett
Derek Ratzenboeck
Rebecca Barnes
Jennifer Shackleton
Kathleen Costello
Robert Frankenberry
Deborah Lander
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Mikel Toms
Catalog Number: 
#1 051
new classical
solo voice

Louisville, KY

Release Date: 
Mar 27, 2020
Liner Notes: 
1 CD

by moonlight

One Sheet: 

To mark his 60th year, Jeremy Beck’s latest innova recording, by moonlight, brings together music of his present and past. This selection of his orchestral, chamber, and vocal music provides a window into Beck’s compositional life, from 1980s New York City to the Iowa plains, then a run-out to the West Coast before landing in the Bluegrass State.

From the celebratory Concertino for two cellos and strings to the pensive Serenade for orchestra, Beck shares his radiant devotion to a contemporary tonal practice, revealing a musical language that is direct and distinctly American. In his music Beck warmly embraces that continuum of tonal compositional thought that organically embodies the developments of the past while moving forward in his own individual dialect, one that is both challenging yet familar.

Beck’s music has been called “… forceful and expressive. … concise in structure and generous in tonal language, savouring both the dramatic and the poetic” (Gramophone, 2013), while the critic Joshua Kosman has noted that “…novelty isn't the only thing music can provide, and the moody expressiveness of Beck's writing is its own reward.” (SF Gate, 2013).

The musicians who encounter these works, like the audiences that hear them, find that beneath the welcome surface of lyrical and vibrant melodies, colorful, sophisticated harmonies, exciting rhythms, and engaging creative structures, Beck’s compositions are embued with a deep love and passionate desire for connection. Through his music, composer Jeremy Beck reaches out to the world, to share his artistic vision of the beauty, struggle, and thoughtful wonder that reflects part of our human experience.