Deep Water: Murder Ballads
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Folksongs that describe homicides and their aftermath are the basis for these chamber works by John Allemeier.

The three pieces on this compact disc are the results of a collaborative effort between composer John Allemeier and dancer/choreographer E.E. Balcos, who together created an evening-length, dance-theater work based on three murder ballads — folksongs that describe homicides and their aftermaths. As both artists live and work in North Carolina, they fittingly focused their collaboration on murder ballads from that state. Poor Ellen is based on a balled that recounts the 1892 shooting of Ellen Smith by her lover, while Pieces of Silver was inspired by a murder ballad about Frankie Silver who killed her husband with an ax. Deep Water (Omie Wise) tells the story of how Jon Lewis drowned Omie Wise in 1807. Described as "rapturous" by American Record Guide, John Allemeier's music has been programmed at festivals around the world, including Europe, Russia, South Korea, and Brazil as well as in the U.S. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Allemeier also studied at Northwestern University and Augustana College with additional work in Germany and the Czech Republic. He teaches music theory and composition at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Contents:
John Allemeier, composer
Poor Ellen
Madison Park String Quartet

John Allemeier, composer
Pieces of Silver
Erinn Frechette, flute; John Sadak, clarinet; Jenny Topilow, violin; Mira Frisch, violoncello; Scott Christian, percussion; Shawn Smith, conductor

John Allemeier, composer
Deep Water (Omie Wise)
Erinn Frechette, flute; John Sadak, clarinet; Reese Manceau, saxophones & English horn; Michael Hackett, flugelhorn & trupet; Emily Jarrell Urbanek, piano; Scott Christian, timpani

Review:
TROY1488 “What may be best about Allemeier’s compositions are how filled they are with moments of extra-musical significance. He treats the source materials and the legends surrounding them with such fondness while presenting his own treatment of them that it is hard not to get sucked in.” (American Record Guide)
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