Music for Strings
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World premiere recordings of composer, violist, teacher and choral conductor Harold Brown.

This recording is the first to draw attention to the compositional creativity of violist, teacher and choral director Harold Brown (1909-1979). He is remembered as one of the pioneers of the early music movement in North America, performing and recording Renaissance choral music in the mid 20th century. A graduate of Columbia, Brown taught at New York's High School of Music and Art and at Mansfield State College, and enriched the lives of a whole generation of New York singers with his promotion of the early choral music repertoire. The founder of the Renaissance Chorus of New York, the organization continues to be active today under the name of the Renaissance Chorus Association. Brown's chamber works for strings were composed mostly in the early to mid-1930s, and represent Brown's youthful, passionate style.
Harold Brown, composer
String Quartet No. 1
Tessera Quartet

Harold Brown, composer
String Quintet
Tessera Quartet, Louise Schulman, viola

Harold Brown, composer
String Quartet
Tessera Quartet

“This very-well-played-and-recorded program reveals that [Harold Brown] was…a skilled composer…” (American Record Guide)