Ethnic Kaleidoscope
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A compilation of some of Frank Lewin's best music for films, drama and television.

Composer Frank Lewin has incorporated folk songs and popular music from various ethnic traditions in his scores and films, television programs, and plays, as well as in his opera Burning Bright (Albany Records: TROY 469/71). Each tune was adapted to the expressive requirements of the particular subject. Occasionally original music was composed in a particular style, as "source music," i.e. music heard within the action of a scene. Two eminent performers of the recent past, both now deceased, open and close this collection: violist Walter Trampler and fiddler Johnny Cunningham. In between, artists of equal merit perform music from a variety of sources. Frank Lewin has written scores for films, television programs, plays, and historical outdoor dramas. Among his concert music are song cycles and choral works, including a requiem which was first performed in 1969, during a memorial service for Robert Kennedy in the chapel of Princeton University, and Music for the White House, for which he conducted members of the Westminster Choir and the United States Marine Band. The composer was a member of the faculty of the Yale School of Music from 1971 to 1992, teaching composition for film. During this period he also taught the course Music in Modern Media at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Contents:
Frank Lewin, composer
The Snowy-Breasted Pearl
Walter Trampler, viola d'amore

Frank Lewin, composer
Kathleen Fionn

Frank Lewin, composer
Two Horas

Frank Lewin, composer
Tumbalalaika

Frank Lewin, composer
Invocation to Ganesha

Frank Lewin, composer
Little Purple Poppy

Frank Lewin, composer
Triste Espana
Judith Caldwell, soprano

Frank Lewin, composer
Commedia dell'arte ballet

Frank Lewin, composer
Polka

Frank Lewin, composer
Folk Song

Frank Lewin, composer
Waltz

Frank Lewin, composer
George Washington's March

Frank Lewin, composer
The Ohio Song and two tunes from Cole's One Thousand Fiddle Tunes

Frank Lewin, composer
Cherokee prayer
Rev. Jonas Partridge, chanter

Frank Lewin, composer
In Dulci Jubilo

Frank Lewin, composer
Jingle Bells (two versions)

Frank Lewin, composer
Cut-Your-Throat Rock

Frank Lewin, composer
Daphne Waltz

Frank Lewin, composer
I dream Dreams of You

Frank Lewin, composer
Smartypants

Frank Lewin, composer
Cowboy's Lament
Rinde Ecket, tenor

Frank Lewin, composer
Threnody

Frank Lewin, composer
Nun Danket Alle Gott

Frank Lewin, composer
God's Own Wisdom

Frank Lewin, composer
Folk Song

Frank Lewin, composer
Rule Britannia

Frank Lewin, composer
High Road to Linton
Johnny Cunningham, fiddle

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