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Ofer Ben-Amots' "Montage Music"

by Montage Music Society

"Impassioned..elegant..players of taste and insight" seeking out, creating and performing music inspired by visual art.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Departure (Prologue)
3:19 $0.99
2. Velocity of Rotation
9:47 $2.99
3. Bebe's Blues
10:58 $2.99
4. Return (Epilogue)
5:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
Montage Music Society’s primary focus is seeking out, commissioning, performing and recording music inspired by visual art. A true society of musicians, the featured Montage performers on the CD recordinging are founding members: Sarita Uranovsky, violin; Stephen Dyball, viola; Marc Moskovitz, cello; Bruce Creditor, clarinet; Debra Ayers, piano.

Ofer Ben-Amots' "Montage Music for clarinet, violin, cello and piano" (2017) was commissioned by Greg DePrince for Montage Music Society. The world premiere took place in the Altazano Salon Series, Santa Fe, NM, September 23, 2017 with performers Keith Lemmons, clarinet/alto sax; Ruxandra Marquardt, violin; Sally Guenther, cello; Debra Ayers, piano.

Composer Note: "Montage Music” was written in memory of Santa Fe artist, Bebe Krimmer, and was inspired by several of her artworks as well as by her radiant and charismatic personality. The work opens with a slow meditative and soulful prologue, titled "Departure” and portraying Bebe’s name musically through a constant pendulum between the notes B-E-B-E. The second movement is based directly on a large and spectacular artwork titled "Velocity of Rotation." Krimmer’s "Velocity of Rotation" evokes a fantastically colorful Milky Way, a Galaxy traveling through deep and endless black spaciousness. In this movement I tried to recreate a time-space motion of high velocity, often interjected by exotic landscapes and cosmic encounters. When Greg DePrince commissioned me to write this composition for the Montage Music Society, he mentioned Bebe's great fondness for jazz. Thus, I chose to write the third movement in an old-time Dixieland jazz style. The movement, which is titled “Bebe’s Blues" opens with a slow and mournful New Orleans funeral march. However, it quickly moves into a faster bluesy mode, ending with a cheerful Second-line dance. In the forth and last movement the music returns to the opening cryptogram, musicalizing Bebe’s name again, thus bringing the composition full circle.

Montage Music Society’s highly acclaimed recording, “Starry Night Project” featured music of prominent, living American composers. It was supported by the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund and featured Montage’s first commission, Andrew List’s “Noa Noa, A Gauguin Tableau”. That work is now enjoys international renown. “More Music Inspired by Visual Art”, issued in multiple recordings, features work by Bruce Wolosoff, Ofer Ben-Amots, Nell Shaw Cohen, Monica Demarco inspired by artists Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Milton Resnick, Bebe Krimmer, Andy Goldsworthy, Luis Jimenez.

Vincent Stenerson Productions has collaborated with Montage Music Society to create documentaries about some of the new pieces commissioned by the group, including Ofer Ben-Amots' "Montage Music" and Bruce Wolosoff's "The Astronomer's Key". Both works premiered in 2017. The documentaries track the new works from the commission sponsors and choice of artwork, to the composers and performers in rehearsal and performance.



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