Bruce Hobson - VMM CD 3024 Liner Notes
About Vienna Modern Masters CD 3024
Recorded Works

JACK FORTNER - Concertpiece for Cello and Orchestra

Declamations, Commentaries, and Ritornellos/Concertpiece for Solo Cello, Concertante, and Orchestra was begun in 1985 in response to a request by Michael Flaksman. Rather than a "normal" concerto, it is constructed somewhat in the manner of a Corelli concerto grosso: slow-fast-slow-fast. Played without pauses between movements, it features a concertante of eight instruments, including the solo cello.

BRUCE HOBSON - Concerto for Orchestra

The Concerto for Orchestra was completed in 1969 when I was concerned with the generation of large musical structures from the interval content of the opening material. In the first movement this is achieved through a modified sonata form. In the second and third movements there is a shift of emphasis from the horizontal melodic interval content to the vertical harmonic content. At the same time the driving, forward-moving counterpoint of the first movement is transformed into the static, coloristic harmony and frequent meter changes of the third movement. While the chromatic scale is an important resource in forming the melodic style of this work, the overtone series is the guiding principle in constructing its harmonies.

BARBARA JAZWINSKI - Sequenze Concertanti

Sequenza Concertanti, commissioned and premiered by the Louisiana Sinfonietta in 1992, is scored for string orchestra with a prominent part for solo first violin. The work consists of several sections of contrasting dynamics, tempo, rhythm and character. Virtuoso sections are intertwined with sections that resemble a dreamy fantasy. Two sections are dance-like and feature beats of unequal lengths and constantly changing time signatures. Others are free-flowing and lyrical and exploit the timbral characteristics of the string instruments in various registers and at various dynamic levels.


Valses (1991) for chamber orchestra was composed for the ensemble Camerata Vistula, who performed it for the first time in Warsaw on April 1, 1992. The very date of the premiere might be seen as providing a clue to the whimsical character of the piece--perhaps composed with a slight wink of the eye or with tongue in cheek? I cannot say for sure, however. It could be that all those waltzes, forming a colorful, poetic mosaic, simply express the composer's nostalgia for an epoch passing away.

DAVID A. JAFFE - Whoop for Your Life!

Whoop for Your Life! (1987) was commissioned and premiered by the Redwood Symphony and featured at the 1991 Cabrillo Music Festival. As in many of my works, it combines seemingly irreconcilable points of view; in this case, a character of celebration is asserted in the face of impending disaster. To express this contradiction, I invoke the vibrant life-affirming music of Brazil, a country where the rain forests are being destroyed at a catastrophic rate. The title refers to a visit to the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge (Texas) in 1986, where I watched the last of the whooping cranes feeding, courting, mating, nesting and raising young--as if they were not on the very edge of extinction.