An Encounter
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A collection of chamber works by the eminent American composer William Kraft.

Born in Chicago, William Kraft has had a long and active career as a composer, conductor, timpanist/percussionist and teacher. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he served for 11 years (1991-2002) as Chairman of the Composition Department and Corwin Professor of Music Composition. He is of that generation of American composers who came to prominence starting in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s whose music is characterized by a distinct brashness, tinged with the energy of jazz and a definite sense of the dramatic. As an avid percussionist, many of the works which first brought him fame spotlight that part of the orchestra, and as director of the Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble, he premiered many now important works. This diverse collection, ranging from solo to orchestral works, exemplifies the wonderful range of this dynamic American composer.
William Kraft, composer
Concerto a Tre
Sheryl Staples, violin, Delores Stevens, piano, Barry Centanni, percussion

William Kraft, composer
Incantation for Guitar Solo
Brian Head, guitar

William Kraft, composer
Vintage Renaissance and Beyond
California State University Wind Symphony, Mitchell Fennell, conductor

William Kraft, composer
Encounters XII
Jeffrey Parsons, harp, Terry Longshore, percussion

William Kraft, composer
Translucences for Solo Piano
Gloria Cheng, piano

William Kraft, composer
In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky
Sharon Leventhal, violin, Jeremy Haladyna, piano

William Kraft, composer
Kandinsky Variations
Todd Barton, electronic valve instrument
Terry Longshore, Roland Handsonic

"Kraft is nothing if not ecelectic, but a distinct personality is always at play here. In that respect, he resembles his hero Stravinsky even as he does not mimic his music. Perhaps that is the best homage of all." (Fanfare)
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