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More music in the Piston mold.

Michael Horvit is a Professor at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where he has headed the Theory and Composition Department since 1967. For 25 years he served as Music Director at Congregation Emanu El, Houston. During his studies at Yale University, Tanglewood, Harvard and Boston University, his composition teachers were Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, Walter Piston, Quincy Porter and Gardner Read. The Cullen Overture was commissioned by the University of Houston for the rededication of the Cullen Performance Hall in October 1988. The Concerto for Brass and Orchestra was commissioned by Richard Frazier for the Chicago Chamber Brass. The Invocation and Exultation was commissioned by the Missouri Unit of the American String Teachers Association in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death and was premiered in January, 1991. There are several references to Mozart's music in the piece. Aleinu was commissioned by Congregation Emanu El, Houston, in 1985, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Robert I. Kahn. The prayer itself is one of the most important and ancient in the Jewish liturgy - a heartfelt expression of belief in God. Daughters of Jerusalem was also commissioned by Congregation Emanu El. It was dedicated to Fredell Lack who gave it the premiere on February 25, 1996. It is titled a fantasy because it does not follow the usual plan of a concerto, but rather draws its inspiration and meaning from several poems taken from The Songs of Songs. Mr. Horvit's style is in the tradition of the American romantic sound.
Michael Horvit, composer
The Cullen Overture
Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Adrian Gnam, conductor

Michael Horvit, composer
Concerto for Brass Quintet & Orchestra
Ambient Brass, Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Franz Krager, conductor

Michael Horvit, composer
Invocation & Exultation
Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra, Leon Spierer, conductor

Michael Horvit, composer
Aleinu ("Adoration")
Fredell Lack, violin, Stephen Smith, baritone, Moore School Concert Chorale, Robert Jones, Organ, Charles Hausmann, conductor

Michael Horvit, composer
Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra - Daughters of Jerusalem
Fredell Lack, violin, Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Franz Krager, conductor

"I'm going to cut to the chase on this one and recommend this disc for its largest work, the Daughters of Jerusalem Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra (1966). Michael Horvit (b. 1932) writes in a solidly tonal idiom, often, as in this work, invoking his Jewish heritage. His harmonic and rhythmic tendencies often reflect a quintessentially American sound- I wasn't surprised to find Copland and Piston among his teachers. The sound is good and performances are excellent." (Fanfare)
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