Cover image for From the steeples and the mountains American brass music.
From the steeples and the mountains American brass music.
London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, performer.
Publication Information:
London : Helios, [1999, p1992]

©1999, ℗1992
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (67 min., 36 sec.) : digital, stereophonic ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide (11 pages: portraits ; 13 cm).
General Note:
Previously released as Hyperion CDA 66517 in 1992.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Peter Dickinson inserted in container.
From the steeples and the mountains / Charles Ives (4:12) -- Mutations from Bach / Samuel Barber (5:33) -- Chorale for organ and brass / Roy Harris (12:41) -- Family portrait / Virgil Thomson (11:17) -- Grinnell fanfare (3:01) ; Tall tale (4:12) ; Hymn and fuguing tune : no. 12 (4:18) ; Rondo (4:36) / Henry Cowell -- Brass sextet / Philip Glass (7:27) -- Angels / Carl Ruggles (2:57) -- A fantasy about Purcell's Fantasia upon one note / Elliott Carter (3:08) -- Processional : Let there be light / Charles Ives (2:32).
Format :
Music CD


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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library CHAMBER .L8475 FRO Compact Disc Central Library

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This collection of 20th century American compositions for brass ensemble features as its title track Charles Ives' eerie From the Steeples to the Mountains -- a chamber piece that attempts to re-create the outdoor sound of church bells echoing in the mountains. It is a truly exhilarating piece. Apart from the Ives pieces and Carl Ruggles' Angels, the music on this recording uses pleasant (if not always traditional) tonal systems. Barber's Mutations From Bach plays with passages of Bach's Cantata No. 23 in a 20th century style -- intriguing for those familiar with the original. Henry Cowell's Rondo is fun and rhythmic -- aiding a bit amid the longer-phrased pieces accompanying it. An interesting inclusion is Philip Glass' Brass Sextet -- seldom recorded and deleted by Glass himself from his own works list. A remarkable piece and very different from the work you have come to know from this monumental composer. ~ Mark W. B. Allender

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