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Music of pervading lyricism and rhythmic vitality.

The works on this recording span 25 years -- from the Sonata for Cello (1982) to unaccompanied minor (2007). Joel Hoffman comments that, "Like so many composers of my generation, I have worked, over these years, with a number of stylistic dialects -- from a hybrid serialism to a tonal/pan-tonal mix to a folk-inspired modal work to a post-minimalist framework. While I'm arguably the least qualified to describe the threads of continuity...I do observe two persistent qualities...a pervading lyricism and a rhythmic vitality." Hoffman is currently Professor of Composition at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where he is also Artistic Director of its annual new music festival, MusicX.
Joel Hoffman, composer
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Parry Karp, cello, Christopher Karp, piano

Joel Hoffman, composer
unaccompanied minor
Parry Karp, cello

Joel Hoffman, composer
Self-Portrait with Gebirtig
Gary Hoffman, cello, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, Roman Kofman, conductor

Joel Hoffman, composer
Christopher Karp, violin, Katrin Talbot, viola, Parry Karp, cello, Howard and Frances Karp, piano

"[Joel Hoffman's] music is friendly, positive stuff with a certain amount of jazz influence...This is a pleasant program beautifully performed." (American Record Guide)

"Joel Hoffman...writes music in a full-throated lyrical mode All these pieces sing and breathe with an ample, generos spirit. ...a memorable melodic line with clear phrasing; rich harmonies with a strong sense of progression; propulsive, infectious rhythms; and an obvious desire to communicate with listeners." (Fanfare)
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