Music of George Edwards
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Illuminating performances of George Edwards' unique compositional voice.

George Edwards graduated from Oberlin and then did graduate study at Princeton, where he studied with Milton Babbitt, Earl Kim and Edward T. Cone. He taught at the New England Conservatory and then moved to Columbia University in 1977 where he taught composition and theory until 2004 when he retired. George Edwards' longtime friend and colleague, the composer and theorist Fred Lerdahl, identifies three basic strands in Edwards' music. First, it is relentlessly contrapuntal. Second, Lerdahl notes that while the music is not truly serial, the works of twelve-tone composers have had a profound effect. Finally, the music shows a strong affinity for the lyrical intensity and harmonic richness of the late Romantic Austro-German repertoire. These three strands coalesce in important ways to form the essence of George Edwards' unique compositional voice. With the release of this recording, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with a composer of the first order.
Contents:
George Edwards, composer
The Isle is Full of Noises
Manhattan Sinfonietta, Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

George Edwards, composer
Suave Mari Magno
Stephen Gosling, piano

George Edwards, composer
String Quartet No. 2
Jack Quartet

George Edwards, composer
Czeched Swing
Stephen Gosling, piano

George Edwards, composer
Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano
Patrick Pridemore, French horn, Aaron Boyd, violin, Stephen Gosling, piano

Review:
"[George Edwards] is, when all is said and done, a true neoromantic of commanding musical intellect and technical prowess... His is music that posits the ultimate paradox–of being at once of great intellectual rigor, and of surpassing emotional power." (Fanfare)