American Piano Music

Andrew Willis (piano)

Catalog #: TROY0674
Release Date: October 1, 2004
Format: Digital

Martin Amlin studied with Nadia Boulanger at the Ecoles d'Art Americaines in Fontainebleau and the Ecole Normale de Muisique in Paris. He received masters and doctoral degrees as well as the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied piano with Frank Glazer and composition with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler and Warren Benson. Formerly an instructor at the Phillips Exeter Academy and an Affiliate Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Martin Amlin is currently Associate Professor of Theory and Composition in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. He has been rehearsal pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Pops Orchestra on many occasions. This recording premieres Amlin's two most recent sonatas, a variation set, and five preludes, linking them with works of two composers, Aaron Copland and Irving Fine, with whom he shares formative influences. Though of different generations, all three came under the distinguished tutelage of Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, and all three frequently drew inspiration from the creative atmosphere of Tanglewood, the legendary summer music center in the Berkshires. Thus, Amlin's voice, while uniquely personal, speaks within a tradition which demands uncompromising compositional integrity and stylistic conviction. A comparison of his music with that of his eminent forebears amply justifies the association.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Sonata No. 7 Martin Amlin Andrew Willis, piano
Eight Variations Martin Amlin Andrew Willis, piano
Music for Piano Irving Fine Andrew Willis, piano
Sonata No. 6 Martin Amlin Andrew Willis, piano
Four Piano Blues Aaron Copland Andrew Willis, piano
Five Preludes Martin Amlin Andrew Willis, piano

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