A gallery of books and recordings by faculty in the Diehn School of Music, College of Arts & Letters, Old Dominion University.
J.S. Bach School for Trombone2019
Mike Hall (Arranger & Performer)
The J.S. Bach School for Trombone began as a practice project. I arranged the 15 two part Inventions BWV 772-786 and 15 three part Sinfonias BWV 787-801 to maintain Bach’s intervals between voices, a feature no other trombone arrangement of this music offers. To achieve this I simply lowered all 30 pieces a perfect fifth. That’s it; no octave displacements or crossing voices. These little gems are short and loaded with great imitative counterpoint that challenge the trombonist in the highest and lowest registers of the instrument. [Album note]
Carl Roskott: Works for Violin2018
Akemi Takayama Performer), Silvan Negrutiu (Performer), Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and Paul S. Kim (Conductor)
Thrilled to announce the release of "Carl Roskott: Works for Violin," an album that has been years in the making! Besides being an associate conductor at the Eastern Music Festival in NC from 1977 to 1997, Carl Roskott was also on faculty at Northern Illinois University (1980-1991) and the University of Virginia (1991-2005), where he was my conducting and composition mentor. He wrote wonderful compositions for the Eastern Music Festival during the 1980s and 90s, including both works on this CD: Concerto for Violin Solo & Orchestra and Sonata for Violin & Piano. Featured on this album are violinist Akemi Takayama, pianist Silvan Negrutiu, and the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. I can't thank all of them enough for their fantastic playing and their generous contributions to make this album possible. Thanks also to dear friend Susan Black for making Carl's manuscripts available; to Jan Wagner for his assistance and support; and to Daniel Shores of Sono Luminus, Harold Thompson of Blackwater Recording, John Jewell of Jewell Tone Music, Kyle Contento, and Matthew Twiford for all their help with recording and editing. [From the publisher]
Florent Schmidt: Complete Original Works for Piano Duet and Duo2017
Andrey Kasparov (Performer), Oksana Lutsyshyn (Performer), and The Invencia Piano Duo
Florent Schmitt stands alongside Debussy and Ravel as one of the most original and inﬂuential French composers of his time. Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1900, Schmitt wrote successfully in many forms but he was a formidable pianist who described his often rich and multi-staved scores as "ﬁstfuls of piano". His music for the instrument is colorful, ﬁlled with adventurous harmonic innovation, stylistic bravura and good humored wit. This complete collection for piano duo and duet includes unpublished works and rarities
Johann Ernst Galliard: Six Sonatas2016
Mike Hall (Performer), Thomas Marshall (Performer), and Christopher White (Performer)
Performance by Mike Hall, trombone; Thomas Marshall, harpsichord; Christopher White, double bass. Includes the six Solo Sonatas originally for solo bassoon or cello.
Paul Bowles: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 12016
Andrey Kasparov (Arranger & Performer) and Oksana Lutsyshyn (Performer)
Celebrated for books such as The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles was one of a very select group of artists who excelled as both composer and writer. He was a distinctive and original composer and in the first of two volumes devoted to his complete piano works—both solo and duo—the music is grouped cyclically, stylistically or thematically. This selection includes works inspired by Latin American themes, some of which are among his most atmospheric, as well as the blues infused Six Preludes. The challenging Sonata for Two Pianos is one of the best-kept secrets of American piano music. Also included are pieces written for Bowles by Leonard Bernstein and Virgil Thomson.
Paul Bowles: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 22016
Andrey Kasparov (Arranger & Performer) and Oksana Lutsyshyn (Performer)
The American writer and composer Paul Bowles spent much of his life in Morocco. He is primarily remembered for his novel The Sheltering Sky but also excelled as a composer in many forms. His piano music spans an impressive variety of styles and reflects his wide cultural interests. Among his most celebrated works is the brilliant, cornucopian Night Waltz. This second and final instalment of Bowles’ complete piano music also includes sequences of evocative travelogues and imaginative miniatures, the visionary and complex harmonies of Tamanar and the unorthodox, fragmentary, kaleidoscopic Sonatinas.
Music for a New Millennium2015
Mike Hall (Performer), Daniel Overly (Performer), James Wilhelmsen (Performer), Oksana Lutsyshyn (Performer), and Dora Granby (Performer)
Features new sonatas for trombone and piano by Dan Forrest, Robert Hanson, Daniel Kallman, Joseph Trapanese and Marc Lys, which incorporates the iconic poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
John Fedchock Quartet (Performer), John Fedchock (Performer), John Toomey (Performer), Jimmy Masters (Performer), and Dave Ratajczak (Performer)
Critically acclaimed trombonist, John Fedchock showcases unique treatments of familiar standards coupled with two new Fedchock originals in this sensitive small group session. Beautifully played and wonderfully recorded, this recording captures the flow and interaction of a seasoned group of veterans in a remarkably intimate setting. Featured Artists: John Fedchock - trombone; John Toomey - piano; Jimmy Masters - bass; and Dave Ratajczak – drums. Recorded Live on August 22-24, 2013 at Havana Nights in Virginia Beach, Virginia. [From Amazon.com]
Everything In Its Right Place2014
Sybarite5 and Paul S. Kim (Arranger)
Everything in its Right Place is the highly anticipated follow-up to Sybarite5’s chart-busting EP, Disturb the Silence. This album, a collection of ten Radiohead covers, reflects the ensemble’s deep affinity for the sonic universe of the band. Thom Yorke’s spirit, creativity and edge is realized by Sybarite5 on acoustic string instruments. Sybarite5's Radiohead Remixes have mesmerized audiences at venues including the Apple Store, the Library of Congress and Lincoln Center, inspiring this all-Radiohead album.
An American Port of Call2012
Adolphus Hailstork (Composer) and Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Performer)
Award-winning composer Adolphus Hailstork is a vibrant communicator whose music speaks directly and subtly. His Symphony No 1 was commissioned for festival performance and is imbued with the lyrical and vivid qualities of which he is a master. The Three Spirituals are richly affecting orchestral settings originally written for pipe organ. Fanfare on Amazing Grace is nobly conceived and An American Port of Call evokes the bustle inspired by Norfolk, Virginia. Whitman’s Journey is a hymn of hope for those setting out on ‘the seas of life.’ [From the publisher]
Union & Liberty [Sound Recording]2011
Schola Cantorum of Virginia, Inc. and Agnes Fuller (Performer)
Union & Liberty performed by Schola Cantorum of Virginia commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.
Introduction to Effective Music Teaching: Artistry and Attitude2011
Alfred S. Townsend
Introduction to Effective Music Teaching: Artistry and Attitude provides the prospective teacher with front-line tested strategies and approaches that are based on current research and the author's three decades of service as a public school music educator, department chairman, and public school district music administrator. Starting with a brief overview of the history of music education in public schools, Alfred Townsend gives the reader a deeper understanding of the importance of music education to all students, gifted or not. Readers then examine artistry (command of content and mastery of methods) and the ABCs of teacher attitude, the critical component that unlocks learning for many students. With an open and accessible writing style, Dr. Townsend reviews the six components of effective teaching, showing that artistry and attitude can be combined to fuel student learning and teacher leadership. Using all of this information, the reader constructs a personal, practical philosophy of music teaching and learning that will form the basis for his or her instruction. Readers will also experience artistry and attitude in action through well-written case studies of effective teachers. With increasingly diverse student populations teachers now face, this book provides music teachers with ways to interact effectively with students of all backgrounds, attitudes, and talent. [From Amazon.com]
Art of Fugue2010
Mike Hall (Performer)
In his fourth early music recording, trombonist Mike Hall delivers the entire “Art of Fugue” on alto, tenor and bass trombones, including the canons, keyboard fugues and the 'deathbed' chorale.
Ignus Fatuss - Piano Music of Adolphus Hailstork [Sound Recording]2009
Adolphus Hailstork (Composer), Andrey Kasparov (Performer), and Oksana Lutsyshyn (Performer)
Five works for solo piano plus a sonata for two pianos by the distinguished American composer Adolphus Hailstork are performed by Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn. Sharing the honors on the solo piano pieces, they join forces for the Sonata for Two Pianos. Hailing from Armenian and Ukrainian families, these musicians were educated at the Moscow State Conservatory and came to the United States in the 1990s. They presently teach at Old Dominion University where they are colleagues of the composer. [From the publisher]
Adolphus Hailstork: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 32007
Adolphus Hailstork (Composer), David Lockingham (Conductor), and Grand Rapids Symphony (Performer)
Professor of Music at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Adolphus Hailstork has written three symphonies, the third of which is dedicated to the artists on this recording, David Lockington (“my most consistently supportive conductor”) and the Grand Rapids Symphony. In his notes for Symphony No. 3, Hailstork writes: “The goal in my Third Symphony was to write a piece that was lighter in approach than my second. I created a snappy little trumpet tune that intrigued me and used it as the point of departure.” Premièred in 1999, the Symphony No. 2 was inspired by a visit to Africa in the summer of 1996: “There I visited the forts along the coast of Ghana, and saw the dungeons where the slaves were held before being shipped overseas. I put my reaction to that sad scene in movement two of this symphony. In movement four I sought to reflect the determination of a people who had arrived in America as slaves, but struggled, with courage and faith, against numerous odds.” [From the publisher]
Benedetto Marcello Solo Sonatas Opus 12007
Mike Hall (Performer), Rebecca Bell (Performer), and Christopher White (Performer)
Marcello’s six sonatas embellished in the Italian style, played on tenor trombone, harpsichord and double bass.
Hommages Musicaux [Sound Recording]2007
Andrey Kasparov (Performer) and Oksana Lutsyshyn (Performer)
Ever since 16th century France the term tombeau (French for "tomb" or "tombstone") has denoted a set of poetic or musical compositions honoring the memory of a person, whether eminent or ordinary, real or imaginary. While the authorships of literary tombeaux were quite often collective, music tombeaux were usually created by individual composers and performers (i.e. Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin). It is no surprise that the death of the profoundly influential Claude Debussy (1862-1918) prompted Revue Musicale, a foremost music publication in Paris, to commission pieces from some leading European composers and performers, for a collection of works eulogizing the great composer. Each one of these musicians contributed to Tombeau in a unique and innately personal way, most of the works later becoming known as both individual pieces and parts of larger compositions). Encouraged by the success of Tombeau de Claude Debussy, Revue Musicale came up with another collection honoring the preeminent French composer and pedagogue Gabriel Faure (1845-1924). Composed by seven of Faure's best-known pupils (all French except for the Rumanian Enesco), the suite was completed and published by 1922, while the composer was still alive.
J.S. Bach: The Gamba Sonatas2006
Mike Hall (Performer) and Rebecca Bell (Performer)
Bach's legendary viola da gamba sonatas performed by alto trombonist Mike Hall and harpsichordist Rebecca Bell; learned counterpoint of the great master expressed through the majestic sound of the trombone. [From the publisher]
Amazing Grace: Organ Music of Adolphus Hailstork2006
James W. Kosnic (Performer) and Adolphus Hailstork (Composer)
A student of H. Owen Reed, Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, Adolphus Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, various chamber ensembles, band and orchestra (his Symphony No. 1 can be heard on Albany TROY104 and works for chorus can be heard on TROY156). Significant performances by major orchestras (Philadelphia, Chicago and New York) have been conducted by leading names such as James dePriest, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim and Kurt Masur. Dr. Hailstork resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is Eminent Scholar and Professor of Music at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He also has a connection to our area in upstate New York; he writes, "I began taking organ lessons in the 1950s as a member of the boy's and men's choir of the Episcopal Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, New York. During my last two years in high school I served as the organist/choir director during the summer. Several decades later I returned to the instrument as organist/choir director at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk, Virginia. In the 1990s I also resumed organ lessons with Dr. James Kosnik (the soloist on this CD), a colleague of mine on the faculty of Old Dominion University. I have written several works for my own service use at the Unitarian Church and for concert use for advanced performers such as Dr. Kosnik." [From the publisher]
Arcangelo Corelli: Solo Chamber Sonatas Opus 52004
Mike Hall (Performer), Rebecca Bell (Performer), and Larry Rice (Performer)
The last six Opus 5 Arcangelo Corelli violin sonatas played on alto trombone, harpsichord and double bass, complete with authentic 18th century embellishments.
As Falling Leaves: The Virginia Chamber Players in Concert Performing Music of Adolphus Hailstork2003
Adolphus Hailstork (Composer) and Virginia Chamber Players (Performer)
As Falling Leaves is an album of Adolphus Hailstork's chamber music performed by the Virginia Chamber Players.
John Toomey Trio
This release features the John Toomey Trio performing all original compositions, with an emphasis on interaction, improvisation, and cutting edge harmonic and melodic approaches in Jazz.
Glenn Wilson (Performer), John D'earth (Performer), John Toomey (Performer), Jimmy Masters (Performer), and Tony Martucci (Performer)
Glenn Wilson’s “Timely” is a live recording taken from two gigs during 2012 at Havana Nights Jazz Club in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The album features baritone saxophonist Glenn Wilson, Trumpeter John D’earth, Pianist John Toomey, drummer Tony Martucci, and bassist Jimmy Masters.
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes: A Celebration of the Music of Adolphus Hailstork2000
Adolphus Hailstork (Composer), Danial Hege (Conductor), Nathan Carter (Conductor), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Performer), and Morgan State University Choir (Performer)
Adolphus Hailstork’s “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes" is a cantata written for a tenor soloist, chorus, and accompaniment comprised of three sections. Words are taken from Psalms 121, 13, and 23. Hailstork composed this piece in memory of Undine Smith Moore, the "Dean of Black Women Composers."
The Sacred Legacy of Paris: Music of 20th Century Titular Organists1997
Mary Beth Bennett (Performer), Robert Gallagher (Performer), James W. Kosnic (Performer), Alison J. Luedecke (Performer), and Lynn Trapp (Performer)
The premiere recording of The Liturgical Organists Consortium, “The Sacred Legacy of Paris” features magnificent 19th and 20th century compositions by the Titular Organists of great Parisian churches. Recorded at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC.