Why We Ought to All Proceed Listening to the Music of Jeffrey Kaufman


Album CoverI wrote a publish on this weblog on February 22nd in regards to the music of American composer Jeffrey Kaufman.

As we speak I’m writing extra about his music. Why? As a result of since I wrote that final publish, I’ve listened to much more of it right here on Classical Archives. And the extra I hear, the extra I love his work, and the extra I wish to carry on exploring it.

Most lately, I’ve been spending time with a Phoenix CD of his music, “Brass Quintet on Unique Sea Shanties.” Sure, there may be his Brass Quintet on Unique Sea Shanties, which I might say is the type of beguiling, skillful music that most individuals ought to wish to take heed to more often than not. However there may be way more to discover on this CD too, together with his Music for Strings (American sounding, suppose Copland with perhaps only a sprint of acerbic Barber). Then there may be Quick and Livid, a piece for solo piano that absolutely presents technical challenges for the pianist, however by no means abandons is heat and smiling voice. (It’s superbly performed right here by pianist Evelyne Luest.) One other monitor is his Overture for a Shakespeare Comedy for wind quintet. It appears slyly constructed to include barely disguised quotations from different items that you just know that you realize . . . Tchaikovsky? . . . however you scratch your head. What are they precisely? The piece rolls alongside and charms you.

By the way in which, we hear via the classical grapevine {that a} new CD of Jeffrey Kaufman’s music will likely be launched quickly. Keep tuned and preserve listening. I do know I will likely be.

Be sure you take a look at extra of Jeffrey Kaufman’s music on Classical Archives. In case you are a member of Classical Archives, you possibly can take heed to all of it. Free 14-day trial memberships at the moment are obtainable.

 

 

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