Positive Thinking. Composer/poet Fred Chance wrote the text. All the voices on the tape were generated from Fred's narration of the poem before he died from AIDS. Commissioned by flutist Betsy Cuffel with support from the Santa Barbara Music Club, a Pillsbury Grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Léni Fé Bland Foundation.
by Fred Chance
I was thinking about you just the other day
And I was thinking about cells
You know -- tiny little cells.
Well specifically, I was thinking about the cells which started out inside my body and ended up (one way or another) inside your body.
And I think I want them back.
Yes, I want them all back.
Oh, how I wish that I could have
Every last one of them
Flutist Betsy Cuffel holds a M.M. from UC Santa Barbara and specializes in contemporary music.
SLAMMIN’. Who’s talking? Written with percussionists Jonathan Nathan and Steven Schick. For my daughter, Clara, composed during the year she learned to speak.
Todd Caschetta holds a M.M. in percussion performance from Ithaca College and is currently a D.M.A. candidate in ethnomusicology at University of California at Santa Barbara.
Crossing to Elysian Fields. The work attempts to capture a small glimpse of what Fred’s journey might have been like on December 5, 1993. It is a comfort for me, to believe that he did cross to Elysian Fields, the abode of the blessed after death. Written for Emma Rubinstein, first violinist with the Anacapa String Quartet.
The Santa Barbara-based Anacapa String Quartet delighted audiences with spirited and captivating performances from 1989 until 1998.
And Then and Shining Jewel. Commissioned and premiered by soprano Melissa Perry. For Gary.
From Ulysses by James Joyce
...and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again
and then he asked me would I
and first I put my arms around him yes
and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes
and his heart was going like mad and
From the Sanskrit...
Although I conquer all the earth,
yet for me there is only one city.
In that city there is for me only one house;
And in that house, one room only;
And in that room, a bed.
And one man sleeps there,
The shining joy and jewel of all my kingdom.
Soprano Kathleen Roland holds a D.M.A. in vocal performance from the University of Southern California, where she is a lecturing professor of voice.
Cellist Nadine Hall holds a M.M. in Performance from the University of Southern California.
Pianist Louise Lofquist is a full fellowship student in the D.M.A. program in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the University of Southern California.
Glacius. A musical journey through static, icy waters, leading to an oasis of vast richness and depth, and then the return trip. Commissioned by conductor/pianist Robert Spano.
The master recording of Crossings was made possible through the generosity of ASCAP, The Esperia Foundation, UC Santa Barbara’s Humanities/Social Sciences Research Grant Program, the Charlotte and Alvin Bronstein Scholarship for the Arts awarded by the Ojai Music Festival, the Arts Fund/Santa Barbara Arts Commission, and the Baroness Léni Fé Bland. Deepest appreciation to Gary Monheit for his love and support during the creation of most of this music.
All music composed and published by Anne Deane (ASCAP)
Distrubuted by Theodore Front Musical Literature http://books.tfront.com
Produced and engineered: Kevin Kelly at the UC Santa Barbara Sound Recording Studio
Audio consulting: Barbara Hirsh
Design and layout: UMod007 for Allied Chemical
Front cover painting, “Mourning Louis” : Nancy C.D.F. Moore
Back cover photo: Gary Monheit
Inside photos: Spencer Weiner
Disk image: Clara Monheit
Anne Deane, Ph.D. http://create.ucsb.edu/~anne
Composer and Research Specialist, CREATE, Center For Research in Electronic Art Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Associate Editor, Computer Music Journal
Faculty & Board Member, The Walden School,
a summer music school for young composers