Funky Little Crustaceans

James J. Pellerite (Native American flute), William Hill (percussion), Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Golan (conductor)

Catalog #: TROY0924
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Format: Digital

William Hill has been critically acclaimed as a composer, soloist, visual artist, recording artist and conductor. Currently he is Principal Timpanist with the Colorado Symphony and teaches composition and counterpoint at Denver University's Lamont School of Music. Mr. Hill has served as a composer with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, National Music Festival, the Colorado and Denver Symphonies, and the Nova Series of Salt Lake City. On a trip with his wife Natalie to Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and observing the teeming water life, Natalie remarked, "Wow, check out those funky little crustaceans," and the inspiration for the first work was born, reflecting not only the literal ebbs and flows of the tides, but of the impact made on all creatures by the changes in season and the pacings of life in general. Aurora Borealis, featuring the renowned James J. Pellerite, is an impressionistic tone poem depicting the icy monochromatic stillness of the far North, with gradual hints of color developing into more subtle shadows of the spectrum as the piece evolves. Seven Abstract Miniatures is based on pen and ink sketches by the composer, and shows the interrelationships that can exist between music and art (such as Pictures at an Exhibition).


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Title Composer Performer
Funky Little Crustaceans William Hill Moravian Philharmonic, Lawrence Golan, conductor
Seven Abstract Miniatures William Hill Moravian Philharmonic, Lawrence Golan, conductor, William Hill, percussion
Aurora Borealis William Hill Moravian Philharmonic, Lawrence Golan, conductor, James Pellerite, native American flute


  • "[William Hill's] music has rhythmic vitality, small gestures for melodies, occasional jazz flavors, an easy way with dissonance, and timbral resourcefulness."

    – American Record Guide

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