Hyunjung Rachel Chung | My Cherished Garden: Piano Works by American Women Composers

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My Cherished Garden: Piano Works by American Women Composers

by Hyunjung Rachel Chung

Piano Works by American Women Composers
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Secret and Glass Gardens
9:59 album only
2. A Poem for Elliott
2:55 album only
3. Lament
6:38 album only
4. Eurhythmy Etude "Still Life"
3:58 album only
5. Love Twitters
3:37 album only
6. Prelude to a New Moon
9:06 album only
7. Frammenti Sonori I
2:39 album only
8. Frammenti Sonori II
4:33 album only
9. Homenatge
7:58 album only
10. Tumbao
2:30 album only


Album Notes
1. Secret and Glass Gardens (2001) Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962) is probably one of the most frequently performed American women composers. Secret and Glass Gardens was composed on invitation from the Van Cliburn Piano Competition. According to the composer, it is “a journey of wonder and discovery which reflects the paths of our hearts.” Higdon’s creation is filled with a colorful juxtaposition of major triads and intriguing combinations of irregular rhythm.

2. A Poem for Elliott (2007) To celebrate the 99th birthday of her former teacher at the Juilliard School, Elliott Carter, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (b.1939) wrote this economical but profound miniature piece for solo piano. It premiered in New York at Symphony Space in 2007. Zwilich is the first woman who won the Pulitzer Prize in composition. Combined with a wide range of dynamics and improvisatory style this short piece unfolds a dramatic musical statement.

3. Lament (1999) Lament is written in memory of Judith Arron, in conjunction with the composer’s tenure as composer-in-residence with Carnegie Hall. Marked liberamente, the composer invites the performer to freely “sculpt” the rhythm and dynamics to bring out a spontaneous nature of the piece. It is also arranged for Cello and Piano by the composer.

4. Eurythmy Etude “Still Life” (2007) Eurythmy Etude, for solo piano, was commissioned by the Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft, Fachgebiet Eurythmie and premiered on March 7, 2008, at the same institution in Alfter bei Bonn, Germany. The composer explains this work is a work about patience. To be more specific, the work is a patient sonic journey to find D natural, which never sounds in the work: “The D natural is at rest.”

5. Love Twitters (2006) Love Twitters is a work for solo piano written by a Grammy Award-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas(b. 1964). It stems from Irving Berlin’s “They Say It’s Wonderful.” While Berlin’s song is on the sweet side of love, Thomas’ work depicts love from a different vantage point. Love Twitter is capricious, playful, anxious, positive, and determined at last. The composer specifies her suggestions on the score by adding expression markings such as “whimsical,” “energized and jittery,” “bright and brassy,” and “deliberate and earthy.” Careful listeners would muse on their bittersweet memories of love.

6. Prelude to a New Moon (2016) Kye Ryung Park (b.1974), a Korean-American composer, has successfully integrated a number of multi-cultural elements into her own artistic identity. From the composer: Every new moon represents a new beginning and a
chance to try something fresh. In Prelude to a New Moon, I wanted to create unconventional sounds such as plucking the strings inside the piano as well as using the keyboard. Some of the techniques I employ are used in playing the Kayagum, a 12-stringed traditional Korean instrument. The piece has many parts left to the performer for improvisation which is common in traditional Kayagum Sanjo. Commissioned by pianist Hyunjung Rachael Chung, Prelude to a New Moon reflects our friendship as well as our shared heritage.

7-8. Frammenti Sonori I & II (2013) From the composer: We all know what a fragment of glass is but in music, what is a fragment of sound? It can be a single note, a few notes, or a series of notes. When stitched together, these sound fragments can become a unified piece. Because it is born of slivers of sound that may have different qualities, the result will often have a loose, shifting feel, a bit like a sound kaleidoscope. In Frammenti Sonori, I kept the first movement soft, slow and abstract to reflect the improvisational nature. The second movement, based on a four-note motive (E-F-C-sharp-G) – four fragments – is very different; the more limited palette is used to create a mosaic with intense intervals and harmonies, especially toward the end. The two-movement work was commissioned by the Florida State Music Teachers Association in 2013.

9. Homenatge (2011) Tania León (b.1943), a Cuban-American composer and conductor, is also highly recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. Homenatge (Tribute in Catalan) is commissioned by The Foundation of Iberian Music and premiered by Adam Kant in New York at Weill Recital Hall. The music embraces four distinctive structural units: a virtuosic section filled with swift thirty-second notes, a passage related to indigenous Cuban dance rhythm, a section with elongated notes, and a melancholic habanera.

10. Tumbáo (2005) Tumbao, marked with Con salsa, is based on clave and is commissioned by a pianist Elena Riu. Clave is a rhythmic pattern of a dominant musical genre in Cuba known as the Cuban Son (Son cubano). Combined with clave elements, frequent meter changes, unexpected accents, and percussive usage of the piano including palm clusters create driving energy and excitement amid moderate tempo designated by the composer.

Hyunjung Rachel Chung

Recorded in Studio Jeeb (2016/2017)
Recording & Editing Engineers: Sungbae Kim, Yooseok Chung
Mastering & Mixing Engineer: Yooseok Chung at 9volt music
Design: Yooseok Chung
Mechanical Licence Agreements with Lawdon Press, Carl Fischer, LLC. (OBO Theodore Presser Company), G. Schirmer, INC., Kye Ryung Park Songs of Peer, Ltd. (OBO Iroko Music ASCAP), Boosey & Hawkes INC.



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