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Imaginative chamber music that is quite unique with a quirky sense of humour.

A native of Detroit, Paul Schoenfield began musical training at age six. He holds a degree from the Mellon University, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona. A man of broad interests, he is also an avid scholar of mathematics and Hebrew. He held his first teaching post in Toledo, has lived on a kibbutz in Israel, was a free-lance composer and pianist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and ultimately moved to Cleveland and then to Israel. Schoenfield and his family now divide their time between Israel and the United States. He has produced a large body of work for soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestra and recently completed a full-length folk opera, The Merchant and the Pauper, commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Six British Folk Songs, a six-movement suite for cello and piano, was written in the summer of 1985 as a tribute to the cellist Jacqueline du Pre. It was commissioned by the Sewell family and premiered by cellist Laura Sewell, who had been a student of Du Pre. Sparks of Glory was written in 1995 for the Sea Cliff Chamber Players. It was commissioned by the Tilles family, who had specifically requested a work for narrator commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. For this purpose, "I could think of nothing more fitting than the accounts written by the Polish-Israeli journalist Moshe Prager."
Contents:
Paul Schoenfield, composer
British Folk Songs for Cello & Piano
Nathaniel Rosen, cello, Paul Schoenfield, piano

Paul Schoenfield, composer
Sparks of Glory for Narrator, Violin, Clarinet, Cello & Piano
Henry Meyer, narrator, Juliette Kang, violin, Laurence Liberson, clarinet, Debra Fayroian, cello, Robert Conway, piano

Review:
"Two remarkable works by...Paul Schoenfield...I recommend it with enthusiasm." (American Record Guide)

"...virtuosic and highly sophisticated." (Fanfare)
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