American Piano Music
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Andrew Willis gives authoritative performances of music by Amlin and Copland.

Martin Amlin studied with Nadia Boulanger at the Ecoles d'Art Americaines in Fontainebleau and the Ecole Normale de Muisique in Paris. He received masters and doctoral degrees as well as the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied piano with Frank Glazer and composition with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler and Warren Benson. Formerly an instructor at the Phillips Exeter Academy and an Affiliate Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Martin Amlin is currently Associate Professor of Theory and Composition in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. He has been rehearsal pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Pops Orchestra on many occasions. This recording premieres Amlin's two most recent sonatas, a variation set, and five preludes, linking them with works of two composers, Aaron Copland and Irving Fine, with whom he shares formative influences. Though of different generations, all three came under the distinguished tutelage of Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, and all three frequently drew inspiration from the creative atmosphere of Tanglewood, the legendary summer music center in the Berkshires. Thus, Amlin's voice, while uniquely personal, speaks within a tradition which demands uncompromising compositional integrity and stylistic conviction. A comparison of his music with that of his eminent forebears amply justifies the association.
Contents:
Martin Amlin, composer
Sonata No. 7
Andrew Willis, piano

Martin Amlin, composer
Eight Variations
Andrew Willis, piano

Irving Fine, composer
Music for Piano
Andrew Willis, piano

Martin Amlin, composer
Sonata No. 6
Andrew Willis, piano

Aaron Copland, composer
Four Piano Blues
Andrew Willis, piano

Martin Amlin, composer
Five Preludes
Andrew Willis, piano


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