BRUCE HOBSON - Piano Trio, etc.
by Bruce Hobson
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Fanfare Magazine review of this CD by Peter Burwasser:
"Hobson is using the tools of his choice to put together expressive, superbly crafted music. The Trio is bold and ambitious. It often sounds much larger than just three instruments, and yet a clarity of structure is apparent at all times.
The music for solo piano is, in subtle ways, some of the most compelling music on this collection. . . . The Trio 1966 is also a work of quiet charms, producing supple clusters of sound from the beguiling combination of violin, clarinet, and cello. . . . Cantilena Infinita is a fine example of a manner of expression that is unique to our times, speaking a language. . . that expresses a point of view that Mozart could not have known. . . . taut, powerful music."

Bruce Hobson writes about his music:
In the conclusion of The Perspective of the World, the third volume of his monumental history, Civilization and Capitalism 15th-18th Century, Fernand Braudel mentions the ambiguous relations between capitalism and culture: "they contain a contradiction: culture is both support and challenge, guard dog and rebel." This description can easily be applied to the music on this disc. The duality of Braudel's generalization can be seen in my music through the conservative use of ancient musical techniques such as counterpoint and isorhythmic repetition versus the rebellious quality of advanced chromaticism and plentiful free dissonance.

The same interaction of conservative and progressive forces can be observed in commercial rock music. But there the rebelliousness frequently appears in the lyrics, the self-brutalization of performance style, or "mosh pit" hysteria, whereas the underlying music is built upon extremely conservative formulas. From the smallest detail to its grandest 2 1/2 minutes, the musical creation of a rock song is driven by concerns of potential market share: the slightest deviation from the standard formulas means a loss of customers. Participation in the market ensures that rock music is a guard dog of the system.

My music contains many formulas that are deliberately not "standard" but are created instead from what I find most passionate and exciting in music. In place of the commercial grid of pulse, phrase, 32 bar form, and blues chord progression, I've established a musical hot house in which each composition is grown organically from a single melody or theme. The rebellion against standard formulas intensifies the listening experience by constantly invigorating the musical material; and conversely, the supportive side of Braudel's hypothesis appears in my compositional goal of guarding the listener from the tinge of falsehood that often inhabits the pandering clichés of commercial music.
Fanfare Magazine review of this CD by Peter Burwasser:
"Hobson is using the tools of his choice to put together expressive, superbly crafted music. The Trio is bold and ambitious. It often sounds much larger than just three instruments, and yet a clarity of structure is apparent at all times.
The music for solo piano is, in subtle ways, some of the most compelling music on this collection. . . . The Trio 1966 is also a work of quiet charms, producing supple clusters of sound from the beguiling combination of violin, clarinet, and cello. . . . Cantilena Infinita is a fine example of a manner of expression that is unique to our times, speaking a language. . . that expresses a point of view that Mozart could not have known. . . . taut, powerful music."

Bruce Hobson writes about his music:
In the conclusion of The Perspective of the World, the third volume of his monumental history,... View more

Track Listing

Track Title Add track to cartClick to play sample
1. Trio (1990): Parts I, II, and III  (20:55) more info
$5.38
2. Two Lyric Pieces: Number I  (6:59) more info
$1.64
3. Two Lyric Pieces: Number II  (5:12) more info
$1.64
4. Trio 1966: Parts I through V  (9:12) more info
$2.88
5. Three Songs: spring!may-- (e. e. cummings)  (2:51) more info
$1.38
6. Three Songs: why from this her and him (e. e. cummings)  (2:30) more info
$1.38
7. Three Songs: unlove's the heavenless hell (e. e. cummings)  (2:59) more info
$1.38
8. Cantilena Infinita  (19:47) more info
$4.38

More Info

Release Year
1997
Label
Equinox Music
Sounds Like
contemporary foreground art music
Produced By
Bruce Hobson (all sessions), Judith Sherman (Piano Trio), Paul Zinman, SoundByte Productions (Two Lyric Pieces, Clarinet Trio, Three Songs), Dávid Zsolt Király, The Kiraly Music Network (Cantilena Infinita)
Recorded At
Music Div. Recital Hall, State U. of N.Y. at Purchase (Piano Trio, Two Lyric Pieces, Three Songs); Theater C of the Performing Arts Center of the State U. of N.Y. at Purchase (Clarinet Trio); The Evangelical Church, Gyor, Hungary (Cantilena Infinita)
Engineered By
Judith Sherman (Piano Trio), Paul Zinman (Two Lyric Pieces, Clarinet Trio, Three Songs), István Biller, Appleton Limited (Cantilena Infinita)
Mixed By
Mixed to stereo by engineers at sessions
Mastered By
Bruce Hobson, Max Wilcox (Octet)
Genre
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Website
www.equinoxmusic.com
2ndary Website
www.gyorifilharmonikusok...
Band Members / Musicians
Rolf Schulte, violin, John Whitfield, cello, Christopher Oldfather, piano (Piano Trio); Margaret Kampmeier, piano (Two Lyric Pieces); Allen Blustine, clarinet, Rolf Schulte, violin, Daniel McIntosh, cello (Trio 1966); Jan Opalach, bass-baritone, Gait Sirguey, piano (Three Songs); Gyor Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Gergely Kesselyák, conductor (Cantilena Infinita)
Location
Manchester Center, VT, USA

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