Monsterology
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A diverse showcase of music from composers at the University of Iowa.

This recording features works by members of the composition faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music: Michael Eckert, Lawrence Fritts and David Gompper. The six new works presented here, all composed in the 21st century, showcase a diversity of harmonic languages and musical materials, from Gompper's post-tonal centricity to Eckert's neo-classic atonality to Fritt's use of mathematical algorithms and computer-generated timbres. Lawrence Fritts is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory and director of the Electronic Music Studios at the University. His composition teachers were Shulamit Ran, John Eaton and Ralph Shapey. Another pupil of Ralph Shapey is Michael Eckert, also an Associate Professor of Theory and Composition. He has won the Bearns Prize for Composition from Columbia University and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. David Gompper is Professor of Composition and Director of the Center for New Music at the University. Gompper has lived and worked as a composer, teacher, conductor and pianist in England, Nigeria and, most recently, Russia. The project was sponsored by a grant from the University of Iowa Arts and Humanities Initiative.
Contents:
Lawrence Fritts, composer
Monsterology
University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, William LaRue Jones, conductor

Lawrence Fritts, composer
Musicometry I for Clarinet with Amplification & Tape
Esther Lamneck, clarinet

Michael Eckert, composer
Echo's Song
University of Iowa Kantorei, Timothy Salter, conductor

Michael Eckert, composer
Point of No Return
Allen Cross, violin, Ken Ishii, cello, Tamara Thweatt, flute, Yasmin Flores, clarinet, Kazuo Murakami, piano, Ginny Armstrong, percussion, David Gompper, conductor

David Gompper, composer
Kuta Muela
Tamara Thweatt, flute, Jeffrey Lyman, bassoon, Kazuo Murakami, piano, Michael Geary, percussion, David Gompper, conductor

David Gompper, composer
An Elm We Lost
Timothy Salter, tenor, John Muriello, baritone, University of Iowa Chorus & Orchestra, David Gompper, conductor

Review:
"Gompper's superbly expressive setting creates a haunting and deeply poignant atmosphere throughout." (Fanfare)
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