Chihara: Chamber Works

Paul Chihara (composer)

Catalog #: TROY0584
Release Date: September 1, 2003
Format: Digital

Paul Seiko Chihara was born in Seattle, Washington and received his DMA from Cornell University in 1965 as a student of Robert Palmer. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Ernst Pepping in Berlin and Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood. With Toru Takemitsu, Chihara was composer-in-residence at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont in 1971, and was the first composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Neville Marriner, conductor). He is currently on the music faculty of UCLA. Chihara's prize-winning concert works have been performed in most major cities and arts centers in the United States and Europe. Perhaps due to the extraordinary color sensitivity of his music, he has had an illustrious parallel career composing for stage, TV and film. He has composed the scores for over 90 motion pictures and television series including the film Prince of the City and the television series China Beach. He has also worked on Broadway, serving as music consultant and orchestrator for Duke Ellington's hit musical Sophisticated Ladies, and as composer for Shogun the Musical. He was composer-in-residence with the San Francisco Ballet from 1973-1986. While there, he composed many trailblazing works, including the first full-length American ballet The Tempest.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Haiku Paul Chihara Carol Wicenc, Alexandra Sopp, flutists
Piano Trio Paul Chihara The Mirecourt Trio
String Trio Paul Chihara The Jade String Trio
Ceremony I Paul Chihara Members of the London Symphony Orchestra, Neville Marriner, conductor
Elegy Paul Chihara The Mirecourt Trio
Golden Slumbers Paul Chihara Geraldine Walther, viola, San Francisco Chamber Singers, Robert Geary, conductor


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