Sing to the Sun
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The second recording on Albany of Singleton's music features a work for children's choir with text by Ashley Bryan.

Award-winning composer Alvin Singleton has written music for theatre, orchestra, solo instruments and a variety of chamber ensembles. A composer-in-residence with the Atlanta Symphony in the late 1980s and a student of renowned Italian composer Goffredo Petrassi, Singleton's works have been performed by the orchestras of Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit and many more. Sing to the Sun is a set of five chamber works ranging from solo flute to large ensemble with chorus. Singleton exhibits in the recording of these five works the patience, appreciation of quiet subtlety, and psychological control that make for fine chamber music. Traditionally, chamber music is players' music and in that, traditionally "serious" (as are all five of the present works). But Singleton fans also expect to be caught up in the Singleton wit on one level or another - be it some unusual title or a certain odd presentation of notes laid out, usually early, in the piece itself. Both average listeners and cognoscenti find themselves caught up in wondering "what's next?" With this composer the listener is given clues that he or she is invited to participate fully in the musical experience about to unfold, something thought anathema by many recent composers.
Contents:
Alvin Singleton, composer
Greed Machine
Teresa McCollough, piano, Peggy Benkeser, vibraphone

Alvin Singleton, composer
Argoru III
Sara Vargas-Barritt, flute

Alvin Singleton, composer
Sing To The Sun
Spivey Hall Children's Choir, Ashley Bryan, narrator, Ted Gurch, clarinet, Barbara Cook, oboe, Amy Leventhal, viola, Laura Gordy, piano, Petty Benkeser, percussion

Alvin Singleton, composer
Apple
Richard Faria, Marianne Gythfeldt, Michael Lowenstern, Charles Neidich, clarinets

Alvin Singleton, composer
Fifty Times Around The Sun
David Shifrin, clarinet, Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Review:
"Singleton is a difficult composer to categorize, but his works always have a clarity and accessibility to them despite the often-dissonant tonal language. ...serves as a great introduction to a great artist." (Sequenza 21)

"Singleton's music is playful, free, sometimes quite funny, sometimes a bit funky." (American Record Guide)
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