Paul Freeman Introduces James Mobberley
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A new, exciting, colorful American voice.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, James Mobberley was raised in Pennsylvania. He earned his Master's Degree at the University of North Carolina and his Doctorate at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied composition with Donald Erb and Eugene O'Brien. He began teaching composition and electronic music in 1981, and since 1983 has been on the composition faculty of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 1991, he was named the Kansas City Symphony's first Composer-in-Residence. His Piano Concerto was composed for Richard Cass and the Kansas City Symphony and was premiered the same year with William McGlaughlin conducting. The Concerto for Marimba (eight hands) and Orchestra was written for Laurence Kaptain and Marimba Yajalon, an ensemble of four percussionists who perform on an authentic folk instrument indigenous to Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico. The most unusual and characteristic quality of this instrument is the buzzing sound created by the kazoo-like membrane at the bottom of each resonator, creating a sound unlike that of any other mallet instrument. The composer writes about Arena : "Arena is the result of approximately two years of collaboration between choreographer Todd Bolender and me. Our discussions ranged from topics on spirituality to politics, from the poetry of T.S. Eliot to the paintings of Anselm Kieffer, from jazz to Stravinsky, and from George Balanchine to Martha Graham. Arena evolved slowly from our discussions into reality. The result is a work which suggests rather than describes, which evokes emotions rather than portrays actions, and which mixes despair and redemption in equal measure through the use of cyclical forms."
Contents:
James Mobberley, composer
Piano Concerto
Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor, Richard Cass, piano

James Mobberley, composer
Marimba Concerto
Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor, Marimba Yajalon

James Mobberley, composer
Arena
Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor

Review:
"James Mobberley (b. 1954) would probably not be pleased at the description but, to my ears, he is a splendid composer of fairly adventurous light music. His basic style is tonal with lots of dissonance for spice. His music has a wonderful melodic basis, and his orchestration is simply stunning." (Fanfare)
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