Mr. Levy served as the first composer in residence for the Concert Artist Program at Kean University in Union, NJ for the 2008-2009 season. Two new works by Mr. Levy have been commissioned and performed by the University to commemorate the inauguration of Kean’s new “state of the art” chamber music hall which will opened in the Fall of 2009.
A former member of the St Louis Symphony, the first of a long list of orchestras, ensembles and chamber music groups, Frank Ezra Levy is retired as professional cellist but continues to compose prolifically. Large works include a four-act comic opera, a cantata, nine symphonies, several other orchestral pieces, a variety of works for chorus and orchestra, voice and orchestra and a-cappela choir as well as 20 concertos. Most of the rest of his 185 published works, including his twelve string quartets, are mostly chamber music, an extraordinary variety of pieces for 1-15 instruments, often in highly unusual combinations.

Four of Levy’s orchestral work, including his Second Cello Concerto,recorded September (2004) by the Irish National Orchestra for Naxos Records, were released December 13, 2005 on the American Masters series. Among his recent commissions (for the Duo Fresco) is a Duo Concertante for Viola and Guitar, which has been performed frequently by this group, a Trio for Flute, Clarinet and piano commissioned by the Palisades Virtuosi, as well as a duo, “Mythic Transformations”, for Viola and Clarinet and a Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano for the Halcyon Trio. Some other of his most recent works are: a Cantata, “Six Dreams and a Vision”, on poems by Ruth Pitter, his third trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Five Songs on poems by W. B. Yeats, a Fantasy Concertante for Clarinet, Viola and Double Choir called “To Peace with Love”, four songs on poems by E.A. Poe for Voice and Guitar, a concerto for Tenor Saxophone, Guitar and String Orchestra and “Six Haiku for our time” for Soprano, Clarinet Guitar, Percussion, Viola, Bass and Piano. 
Frank Ezra Levy

Duo Concertante para viola e violão

No final da primavera de 2005, fui abordado por Brett Deubner e Kenniff Chris para escrever uma peça para o seu grupo, o Fresco Duo, que tinha sido formado no ano anterior e já tinha alcançado um certo grau de sucesso. Tanto a combinação de instrumentos, bem como a habilidade dos músicos me intrigou e eu comecei a trabalhar.

O Duo Concertante foi concluída em apenas três semanas e foi concluída no início de junho de 2005. É em seis movimentos. O primeiro movimento introduz o conjunto. A segunda é para solo de viola. Os dois movimentos centrais, o terceiro e quarto, ambos são movimentos de ensemble enquanto o quinto é para solo de guitarra. No movimento de sexta, um rondó, ambos os instrumentos para construir um final intenso e brilhante. A abertura do primeiro movimento aparece em diferentes formas ao longo dos vários movimentos, enfatizando o arco como a estrutura geral do trabalho.

Eu tentei manter o caráter individual de ambos os instrumentos, enquanto se esforça para o máximo de efeitos rítmicos, melódicos e harmônicos, a fim de alcançar um impacto, tanto quanto possível fora desta combinação limitada dos instrumentos.

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Little Suite for Viola Da Gamba
Clássico
15.00 USD
Little Suite for Clavichord
Clássico / Peça
15.00 USD
Six Haiku for Our Time
Clássico
34.00 USD
Sonata for Three Cellos
Clássico / Música de Câmara
40.00 USD

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21 janeiro 2011 Notícias

On Sunday, March 6, 2011, an important premiere will be taking place of Night Keeps its Promise, a work written expressly for and to be performed at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, New York City, by Cantori New York under the ...