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Vieux Amis-Nouveaux Costumes Old Friends in New Clothes

by Midwest Chamber Ensemble & Steve Lewis

Currently a faculty member at The Juilliard School, Philip Lasser creates a unique sound world that blends together the colorful harmonies of French Impressionist sonorities and the dynamic rhythms of American music.
Genre: Classical: Impressionism
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1. Apparition, L. 53 (Arr. by P. Lasser for Voice and Chamber Ensemble)
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Sarah Tannehill Anderson & Steve Lewis
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2. Regret, L. 55 (Arr. by P. Lasser for Voice and Chamber Ensemble)
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Sarah Tannehill Anderson & Steve Lewis
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3. Coquetterie Posthume, L. 39 (Arr. by P. Lasser for Voice and Chamber Ensemble)
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Sarah Tannehill Anderson & Steve Lewis
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4. La Romance d'Ariel, L. 54 (Arr. by P. Lasser for Voice and Chamber Ensemble)
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Sarah Tannehill Anderson & Steve Lewis
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5. 5 Songs, Op. 58: I. Mandoline (Arr. by P. Lasser for Voice and Chamber Ensemble)
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Sarah Tannehill Anderson & Steve Lewis
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6. 2 Songs, Op. 46: II. Clair de lune (Menuet) [Arr. by P. Lasser for Voice and Chamber Ensemble]
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Sarah Tannehill Anderson & Steve Lewis
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7. 5 Songs, Op. 58: II. En Sourdine (Arr. by P. Lasser for Voice and Chamber Ensemble)
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Sarah Tannehill Anderson & Steve Lewis
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8. 3 Songs, Op. 7: I. Après un rêve (Arr. by P. Lasser for Voice and Chamber Ensemble)
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Sarah Tannehill Anderson & Steve Lewis
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9. La boite à bijoux (The Jewelry Box)
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Ho Man Lee & Jessica Koebbe
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10. Sonata: I. Introduction, Allegro vivo
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Eman Chalshotori & Charles Dickinson
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11. Sonata: II. Serenely Calm
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Eman Chalshotori & Charles Dickinson
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12. Sonata: III. Allegro molto
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Eman Chalshotori & Charles Dickinson
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13. Ballade
Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Virginia Q. Backman & Steve Lewis
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Album Notes
Vieux Amis - Nouveaux Costumes/ Old Friends in New Clothes
These arrangements of songs by Debussy and Fauré were commissioned in 2016 by Juilliard and Ensemble Connect, a joint project between Juilliard and Carnegie Hall. Each year, Ensemble Connect accepts a small number of excellent instrumentalists; the makeup of the group varies, which accounts for the odd instrumentation.
I add very little new music to the original songs, but often extract a micro-polyphony suggested by the piano’s unique contrapuntal potential. The result was, as Natalie Dessay, the original singer for this project said, “these arrangements are like seeing my old friends in new clothes.”

La Boite à Bijoux ( e Jewelry Box) for Violin and Piano
This piece is inspired by works of Gabriel Fauré that I played when I was young. Its inception dates way back to 1992. It was shelved for years, then completed in 1999 and massively recomposed in 2010. Fauré’s haunting melodies arising from even more haunting harmonies were indeed the inspiration for this piece.

SONATA for ‘Cello and Piano
The work begins with a meditative introduction which is indicated in the score to be “murmured like a prayer chant” yet “with moments of great expressivity.” In a general sense, this struggle for serenity over passion is fought throughout the Sonata. Born out of my love for both the linear craft of Bach and Brahms and the terse, syncretic, and almost mosaic-like structures found in Debussy, my style forges a bridge across the un-expectedly large chasm separating these two approaches to composition. This Sonata was commissioned in 2002 by the Joan and Philip Krone Foundation for ‘cellist
Zuill Bailey.

Ballade for Solo Flute and String Orchestra (Quintet)
It was my goal in this piece to evolve an emotional landscape rather than to concentrate on abstract com- positional aspects of form. This work is a Ballade in the truest sense of the word; a “wandering” through many emotional states, where moods re ect, react against, yield to or trigger one another. As in life where cycles return us to earlier emotional states, my Ballade winds its way back to the turmoil of the opening only to find a new path towards an unclear destination in the miraculous un-worded world of the heart.

Notes by Philip Lasser


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