Cantos for Solo Instruments

David Bilger (trumpet), Franklin Cohen (clarinet), William VerMeulen (horn), Jan Gippo (piccolo), Charles Vernon (bass trombone), Thomas Stacy (horn), John Sampen (alto saxophone), Judith LeClair (bassoon)

Catalog #: TROY0306
Release Date: December 1, 1998
Format: Digital

The wonderful draw of this album, besides the music of Samuel Adler is the great artistry of the various musicians involved in this project. What talent lies in American Orchestras! This disc proves it beyond question. Samuel Adler was born in Mannheim, Germany in 1928 and came to the United States in 1939. He holds a B.M. from Boston University and an M.A. from Harvard University. During his tenure in the U.S. Army, he founded and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra and because of the Orchestra's great psychological and musical impact on the European cultural scene, he was awarded the Army's Medal of Honor. His catalogue includes more than 400 published works in all media. He has also published three books. From 1966 to 1994 he was professor of composition at the Eastman School. He was the chairman of the department since 1974. He is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music. The pieces on this disc were all composed at the request of and for all the friends Dr. Adler has made in America's Orchestras over the years.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Canto I for Trumpet Solo Samuel Adler David Bilger, trumpet
Canto XIV (A Klezmer fantasy for Clarinet solo) Samuel Adler Franklin Cohen, clarinet
Canto XI for Horn solo Samuel Adler William VerMeulen, French horn
Canto XIII for Piccolo solo Samuel Adler Jan Gippo, piccolo
Canto II for Trombone solo Samuel Adler Charles Vernon, bass trombone
Canto XV for English Horn solo Samuel Adler Thomas Stacy, English horn
Canto IV for Alto Saxophone solo Samuel Adler John Sampen, saxophone
Canto XII for Bassoon solo Samuel Adler Judith LeClair, bassoon


  • "This remarkable disc offers superb readings of works for unaccompanied woodwind and brass instruments by Samuel Adler (b. 1928), professor of composition at the Eastman School for 28 years and now on the faculty of the Juilliard School....Recorded in eight studios by eight engineers and mastered by Richard Price of Squires Productions, the disc is a triumph of engineering."

    – American Record Guide

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