Maria Newman | Works for Cello and Piano Book !

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Works for Cello and Piano Book !

by Maria Newman

This album is a compilation of three original 21st century compositions, two for the combination of cello and piano, and one for cello alone. The musical language finds its path in tonality, with moments of modernism and chromaticism. Each sonata is set in three contrasting movements, as well as highly varied moods throughout.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peccavi Duo for Violincello and Piano--- Largo
7:45 $0.99
2. Peccavi Duo for Violincello and Piano---Deliberately
4:52 $0.99
3. Peccavi Duo for Violincello and Piano---Andante Espressivo, Con Triste / Presto
10:34 $0.99
4. Tri Follis - Three Follies for Violincello and Piano---Andante Serioso / Allegro Con Moto
4:11 $0.99
5. Tri Follis - Three Follies for Violincello and Piano---Moderato, Vocally
3:53 $0.99
6. Tri Follis - Three Follies for Violincello and Piano---March, Presto Animando E Vigoroso
4:39 $0.99
7. Othmar for Violincello and Piano---Misterioso
5:38 $0.99
8. Othmar for Violincello and Piano---Adagio Espressivo
5:24 $0.99
9. Othmar for Violincello and Piano---Maestoso Appassionato--Presto Furioso
6:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
PECCCAVI DUO for Violoncello and Piano

Track 1 Largo 07:45

Track 2 Deliberately 04:52

Track 3 Andante espressivo, con triste - Presto 10:29

Maria Newman’s 2009 work for cello and piano, Peccavi Duo, was commissioned by the Murasaki Duo, received its premiere performances at the Malibu Coast Music Festival in August of that same year, and has since been presented across North America in recital and concert. Translated from Latin as, “I have sinned,” Peccavi Duo runs the emotional gamut, from dark, haunting, and pleading, to mysterious and alluring. The finale is largely a wild, ecstatic dance with a soaring, ennobled climax—leaving little doubt that sin does not have the final word. Many thanks to Mr. Guy Johnson for making the premieres of Peccavi Duo possible.

TRI FOLLIS • Three Follies for Violoncello and Piano

Track 4 Andante serioso - Allegro con moto 4:08

Track 5 Moderato, vocally 3:53

Track 6 March – Presto animando e vigoroso 4:39

Tri Follis is composer Maria Newman’s second work written in the cello/piano duo genre. Commissioned in 2010 by Malibu Friends of Music for the Murasaki Duo, the work presents the cello and piano in an equal and virtuosic partnership, and is replete with fervor, passion, humor, and frequent mercurial turns. Its 3 contrasting movements emerge as quasi-programmatic, divulging hints of an unwritten narrative, so that the listener might determine an outcome uniquely for him/herself. The musical protagonists appear dressed as the sounds and sonorities of the cello and piano, uncovering musical dialogue, monologue, and soliloquy, while continuing to develop their musical narrative along an ever-winding path.

OTHMAR for Violincello Alone

An eccentric tone poem based on characters by Mary De Morgan

Track 7 Misterioso 5:35

Track 8 Adagio espressivo 5:24

Track 9 Maestoso appassionato – Presto furioso 6:48

Maria Newman has composed a number of solo, chamber, and orchestral works based on the writings and inspirations of the English author, Mary De Morgan (1850 – 1907). Newman became fascinated by an old volume of fairytales discovered on a personal foray to an antique bookseller, finding that this lesser-known author of the literary fairytale genre, Mary De Morgan, did not follow the typical emblematic approach of earlier generations, or that of her peers. Politically savvy, and an active suffragette during her lifetime, De Morgan’s protagonists are often women who are recognized and admired for their strength of character rather than for their physical beauty. Scored for cello alone, Newman’s 2000 composition, OTHMAR, is set in 3 rhapsodic and technically demanding movements, shadowing the literary form and action of De Morgan’s fairy story, Dumb Othmar. Within Newman’s musical tale, Othmar is portrayed as a heartbreakingly beautiful young man who possesses a magical gift of song, while his cherished childhood friend is described as a rather plain, unexceptional girl called Hulda. Through the dark powers of evil, Othmar’s extraordinary voice is stolen and hidden away. With great and profound inner courage, Hulda sets out to rescue Othmar’s voice, and ultimately, his life. As Othmar’s fierce and loving savior, Hulda’s strength is revealed, while the power, beauty, and honesty of her soul transform her forever in the eyes of all.

Since its founding in 1996 at the Juilliard School, the Murasaki Duo has been dedicated
to performing the cello & piano literature as chamber music. Cellist Eric Kutz and pianist
Miko Kominami weave their instruments voices together in a unique and compelling
equal partnership, and they have been heard in many of the world’s most celebrated concert halls, recital halls, music festivals, and on radio. Critically acclaimed as performers of classical masterworks as well as new music, the Murasaki
Duo is committed to commissioning living composers. The Murasaki Duo’s recording
Duo Virtuoso won the Violoncello Foundation’s 2016 Listeners’ Choice Award. NYC’s New York Concert Review lauded the Murasaki Duo as possessing, “An easy virtuosity…brilliant and witty,” and, “an unusually high level of ensemble playing.” Cellist Eric Kutz holds the Barbara K. Steppel Memorial Faculty Fellowship
in Cello at the University of Maryland School of Music. Winner of the Artists International Award, pianist Miko Kominami serves on the music faculty at Luther College



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