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The Seasons: Original Music by Scott Slapin

by American Viola Quartet

This is Scott Slapin's eighth album of chamber music featuring the American Viola Quartet (Scott Slapin, Tanya Solomon, Greg Diehl, and Kaila Graef).
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Threnody and Reverie
5:12 $0.99
2. The South Hadley Mass
10:53 $0.99
3. The Four Seasons of New England: I. Spring
7:33 $0.99
4. The Four Seasons of New England: II. Summer
3:56 $0.99
5. The Four Seasons of New England: III. The Fall
3:12 $0.99
6. The Four Seasons of New England: IV. Dead of Winter
4:39 $0.99
7. Polysemic Rhapsody
9:30 $0.99
8. K2VHV Kaddish
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
I wrote the music for this album between 2016 and 2018. The South Hadley Mass; A Short Requiem (for the Dead Violist) is perhaps the quickest overview of the most universal elements of the traditional concert mass; it was my intention that the music be short enough that it could be performed at funerals and memorial concerts as well. I composed this work in my home studio in... South Hadley, Mass. The Four Seasons of New England begins with Spring, during which the birds make their introductions: The white-throated sparrow, a mourning dove, two dark-eyed juncos having an argument, and a black-capped chickadee. Both Spring and Summer feature quotes from the most American of tunes Turkey In the Straw. In Summer, an ice-cream truck playing Turkey In the Straw approaches from far away, stops to serve ice cream to children, and gets chased away by all the bugs. The Fall is a recap of melodies from Spring and Summer, and geese are heard intermittently flying south, which segues directly into Dead of Winter, depicting bleak stillness, interrupted here and there by gusts of wind blowing around dead twigs and leaves on top of the snow. Polysemic Rhapsody was commissioned by Matt Stamell for his college professor Marvin Bram, a violist. I deliberately included elements of Bram's writings and ideas in the composition of this work (several people--- or in this case instruments--- speaking at the same time to create an overall effect different from their individual parts), and I hinted at Bram's love for Bach with a quote from the "al riverso" fugue subject from the Third Violin Sonata. K2VHV Kaddish references my father's improvisation of Eastern European Jewish-sounding melodies on his doublebass, as well as his love for ham radio with "CQ CQ de K2VHV" in Morse Code (K2VHV were his call letters), which is how he always began his call for communication with the broader world.

-Scott Slapin 2019

All tracks were recorded March 31, 2019 at Northfire Studios, Garrett Sawyer, engineer and were mixed and mastered by Larry Bentley at Cellar Dweller Productions. Layout and design by Larry Bentley. Photos by Tanya Solomon. (c) 2019 Scott Slapin

Performed by the American Viola Quartet: Scott Slapin, Tanya Solomon, Greg Diehl, and Kaila Graef



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