Extensions of Tradition(s)
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A spectacular collection of orchestral and chamber works by noted composer William C. Banfield.

Extensions of Tradition(s) is a collection of works by American composer William C. Banfield. It includes recent recordings of performances that document his current music/art aesthetic as well as an early symphonic choral work. In the past 25 years Banfield has produced a body of compositions, authored eight books, made numerous recordings, and maintained an active teaching career. He has served three times as a judge for the Pulitzer Prize in music and his music has been performed and recording by the foremost orchestras and chamber ensembles in the United States and abroad. With the compositions on this recording, Banfield has shared several of the genres that make up contemporary composition, and in his case, his music embodies the multiple styles of the American musical landscapes of modernist languages, including jazz and American song. Composer Libby Larsen says that "One of my favorite Bill Banfield quotes is "I have often felt that, with my art,…I could build a room where everyone can find a friend." This is Bill Banfield.
Contents:
William C. Banfield, composer
Peace Symphony
UCLA Philharmonia; Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited; Neal Stulberg (conductor)

William C. Banfield, composer
Symphony 12 - I Trust Harlem is Still There
Ryan Laboy (baritone); Joanna Johnson (soprano); Vocal Essence Chorus and Orchestra; Phillip Brunelle (conductor)

William C. Banfield, composer
El Pulchra Es
Nnenna Freelon (soprano); Mallarmé Chamber Players; William Banfield (conductor)

William C. Banfield, composer
Soul Gone Home
Nnenna Freelon (soprano); Mallarmé Chamber Players; William Banfield (conductor)

William C. Banfield, composer
The Bigger Blues - String Quartet No. 5
Thalea String Quartet

William C. Banfield, composer
Symphony No. 3 - Job's Song
Yolanda Williams (mezzo-soprano); Dan Dressen (tenor); Vocal Essence Chorus and Orchestra; Phillip Brunelle (conductor)

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