Beth Denisch | Jordan and the Dog Woman

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Jordan and the Dog Woman

by Beth Denisch

Contemporary Classical " ... sparing and imaginative ... bucolic and serene ... syncopated and delightfully stylized ... Beautiful and humorous too, ... created the desire to hear more of Beth Denisch." Richard Johnson, Bay Windows
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jordan and the Dog Woman I: The Pools at Wimbledon
Equinox Chamber Players
2:10 $0.99
2. Jordan and the Dog Woman II: Jordan the Sailor
Equinox Chamber Players
3:01 $0.99
3. Jordan and the Dog Woman III: The Pit
Equinox Chamber Players
3:10 $0.99
4. Jordan and the Dog Woman: Interlude
Equinox Chamber Players
1:39 $0.99
5. Jordan and the Dog Woman IV: Points of Light Dancing
Equinox Chamber Players
5:51 $0.99
6. Southern Lament
Apostolos Paraskevas, guitar
3:02 $0.99
7. Forth Project I: Sheep
Sandra Hebert, piano
2:23 $0.99
8. Forth Project II: Night Train
Sandra Hebert, piano
1:36 $0.99
9. Forth Project III: Equine I
Sandra Hebert, piano
2:27 $0.99
10. Forth Project IV: Bad Girl Blues
Sandra Hebert, piano
2:17 $0.99
11. Forth Project V: Spring II
Sandra Hebert, piano
2:02 $0.99
12. Forth Project VI: Swing Set II
Sandra Hebert, piano
2:21 $0.99
13. Star Goddess Song
Kathryn Wright, soprano, Felice Pomeranz, harp
7:00 $0.99
14. Women: the Power and the Journey I: Get Up and Make It Happen
Equinox Chamber Players
3:44 $0.99
15. Women: the Power and the Journey II: Catch the Sail
Equinox Chamber Players
3:18 $0.99
16. Women: the Power and the Journey III: Open the Door
Equinox Chamber Players
5:23 $0.99
17. Women: the Power and the Journey IV: Anything is Possible
Equinox Chamber Players
3:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Beth Denisch’s music has been performed in Moscow, Russia and Bangkok, Thailand, at Jordan Hall in Boston, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, across the U.S.A., and in Canada, China, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Japan, Scotland, Mexico, and Russia. It has received radio play and tracks are available online; CDs from Albany, Juxtab, Odyssey, and Interval record labels. Scores are published and/or distributed by Juxtab Music, ClearNote Publications, and TrevCo Music.

Denisch frequently draws inspiration from artists as well as authors such as Henry James in "Sorrow and Tenderness," commissioned by the Handel and Haydn Society; and Jeanette Winterson, for "Jordan and the Dog Woman," commissioned by the Equinox Chamber Players. Many ensembles and organizations have awarded Denisch including the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Moscow for "Fire Mountain Intermezzo"; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Philadelphia Classical Symphony for "The Singing Tree," inspired by the Maxfield Parrish painting; and the Composers Guild for "Motherwell Lorca’s Bagpipe Lament" (piano solo version). The PatsyLu Fund of Open Meadows Foundation, American Music Center, Our Bodies Ourselves, and Berklee and Simmons Colleges supported Denisch’s song cycle on women’s life cycle events, "One Blazing Glance."

Denisch is Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston and authored and teaches their online counterpoint course at She was the founding director of the American Composers Forum New England and Co-Chair of the Gender Research in Music and Education. (B.M. North Texas State University; M.M and D.M.A. Boston University).

Quotes regarding her compositions:

• “…fierce rhythmic patterns,” Bernard Holland, New York Times

"... a respected Boston composer ... colorful ... pictorial ... ends joyfully and ebulliently."
Ellen Pfeifer, Boston Herald

" ... brimmed with personality and drive ... "
Anthony Tommasini, The Boston Globe

" ... great simplicity and terseness ... "
Susan Larson, The Boston Globe

"A delightfully jazzy romp ...highly entertaining and imaginative work."
Peter Burwasser, New Music Connoisseur

" ... sparing and imaginative ... bucolic and serene ... syncopated and delightfully stylized ... Beautiful and humorous too, ... created the desire to hear more of Beth Denisch." Richard Johnson, Bay Windows

"... Women, Power, and the Journey, a piece commissioned by the (Equinox) quintet that celebrates four St. Louis based women, is absolutely first-rate stuff... it puts forth very clear, cogent ideas and unfolds attractively without cloying. There's purposeful drive to this music, derived in part from the appropriation of African and pop idioms. In fact, the last movement, a tribute to Tina Turner, really rocks in a way that much similarly inspired downtown New York music does not. These wonderfully evocative character entries are simply splendid."
David Cleary, New Music Connoisseur



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