Four American Composers
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A cross-section of romantic American trios.

The composers of these trios all were born within a ten year span, and were of considerable significance in the first third of the 20th century, when American music was first finding its voice. They are representative of different currents in the musical stream, and the details of their lives and interactions provide insight into the American classical world music world during a fascinating period in our history. Hadley was born in Somerville, Massachusetts and studied with Chadwick at the New England Conservatory. He also studied in Europe with Ludwig Thuille. He was the conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. His Piano Trio was composed in 1932 and is in a four movement symphonic form. Virtuosic string writing is evident throughout, as is Hadley's flair for lyrical melody. Daniel Gregory Mason was born in Brookline, Massachusetts into one of this country's most important musical families. His father Henry was one of the founders of the Mason and Hamlin piano company and his grandfather, Lowell was one of the most influential composer and educator of the 19th century. His uncle, William, studied piano with Liszt and played a major role in the development of classical music in this country. He studied with John Knowles Paine at Harvard and in France with Vincent D'Indy. He composed his Sentimental Sketches, Op. 34 in 1935. Bloch was born in Geneva but came to this country in 1916 to teach at the Mannes School. In 1920 he accepted the Directorship of the Cleveland Institute in 1920. He took the same position at the San Francisco Conservatory in 1925. He became an American citizen in 1924. He composed his Three Nocturnes in 1924. Cadman was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He studied music theory with Leo Oehmler and Organ with W.K. Skinner. He became very interested in music with American Indian themes. In 1916, after years of traveling, lecturing on American Indian music, he moved to Los Angeles where he composed operas, film scores and Orchestral works. He was a founder of the Hollywood Bowl and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Southern California in 1926. He composed his Trio in D Major in 1914. It was his very first venture into Chamber music. It demonstrates beautifully his love of melody. This disc fills an important gap in the catalog of early American Chamber music. Detailed and informative program notes.
Ernest Bloch, composer
Three Nocturnes
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Charles W. Cadman, composer
Trio in D Major, Op. 56
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Henry Hadley, composer
Trio, Op. 132
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Daniel G. Mason, composer
Sentimental Sketches, Op. 34
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