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George Frederick McKay: Suite for Viola and Piano; From My Tahoe Window; An April Suite; Caricature Dance Suite


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listen  1. Caricature Dance Suite: I. SnickertyskipWilliam Bolcom 1:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Caricature Dance Suite: II. JabbertyflipWilliam Bolcom 1:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Caricature Dance Suite: III. SwaggerhopWilliam Bolcom 1:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Caricature Dance Suite: IV. Burlesque MarchWilliam Bolcom 2:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. My Tahoe Window - Summer Moods and Patterns: I. SunriseWilliam Bolcom 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My Tahoe Window - Summer Moods and Patterns: II. A Morning MoodWilliam Bolcom 1:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. My Tahoe Window - Summer Moods and Patterns: III. Looking UpwardWilliam Bolcom 1:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Tahoe Window - Summer Moods and Patterns: IV. Storm CloudsWilliam Bolcom 1:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. My Tahoe Window - Summer Moods and Patterns: V. CaballerosWilliam Bolcom 1:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. My Tahoe Window - Summer Moods and Patterns: VI. SundownWilliam Bolcom 2:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. My Tahoe Window - Summer Moods and Patterns: VII. Summer's EndWilliam Bolcom 2:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Americanistic Etude: Americanistic Etude, Op. 27William Bolcom 2:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. An April Suite, Op. 3: I. To the Blue Eyed Days of SpringWilliam Bolcom 1:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. An April Suite, Op. 3: II. One April MorningWilliam Bolcom 1:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. An April Suite, Op. 3: III. A Remembered HappinessWilliam Bolcom 2:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. An April Suite, Op. 3: IV. Prelude to a Summer DayWilliam Bolcom 1:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Dance Suite No. 2: I. Insouciant ProclamationWilliam Bolcom0:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Dance Suite No. 2: II. Naive PastoraleWilliam Bolcom 1:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Dance Suite No. 2: III. Athletic PoemWilliam Bolcom 1:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Dance Suite No. 2: IV. Calisthenics a la HollywoodWilliam Bolcom 2:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Dance Suite No. 2: V. A Giddy PaceWilliam Bolcom 1:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Dancing in a DreamWilliam Bolcom 1:44$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. 5 Songs: Bunches of GrapesWilliam Bolcom 1:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. 5 Songs: Days of the WeekWilliam Bolcom 1:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. 5 Songs: The Flower will Bloom Another YearWilliam Bolcom 2:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. Every Flower that ever grewWilliam Bolcom 2:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen27. Suite for Viola and Piano: I. Allegro moderato, vigoroso e parlandoMahoko Eguchi 3:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen28. Suite for Viola and Piano: II. Cantante e poeticoMahoko Eguchi 4:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen29. Suite for Viola and Piano: III. Moderato scherzoso e grotescoMahoko Eguchi 2:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen30. Suite for Viola and Piano: IV. Moderato cantabileMahoko Eguchi 5:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen31. Suite for Viola and Piano: V. Moderato marziale, ritmico e marcatoMahoko Eguchi 2:35$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: William Bolcom, Sanford Margolis, Joan Morris, Mahoko Eguchi, Logan Skelton
  • Composer: George Frederick McKay
  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006I9HG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
McKay was, for most of his adult life, professor of music at the University of Washington. He was the first graduate of the composition program at the Eastman School of Music and his teachers there were Christian Sinding and Selim Palmgren. He was an early teacher of William Bolcom.
The main performer on this disc is the eminent composer/pianist William Bolcom, who is involved in all the performances save that of the Viola Suite. And, of course, he is well-known for his way with a rag; all the better, then, that the first piece, cutely named 'Snickertyskip', comes on like something by Zez Confrey or Billy Mayerl. Indeed, most of the music here is fairly light in nature. And I must say that it also tends to be somewhat generic; character pieces like 'Storm Clouds' sound little like their titles to me. Nonetheless, this music is winning in its low-key, soft-spoken way. It seems, in retrospect, that the only piece that ventures for very long above a gentlemanly mezzo-forte is the Suite for Viola and Piano.
The first piece in 'An April Suite', called 'To the Blue Eyed Days of Spring,' is lushly romantic and stands out from the surrounding pieces by its delectable melodies and jazz-inflected harmonies.
The four songs sung by Bolcom's wife, Joan Morris, are unpretentious but telling. I was particularly moved by 'Every Flower That Ever Grew,' written near the end of McKay's life to an ancient Irish text. Morris's style, well-known from the 20 or more albums that she and her husband have recorded, is quite apt for these gentle, sometimes humorous, sometimes melancholy songs.
The Viola Suite, altogether stronger meat, with anger, irony, wit, near-resignation but ultimately resolute determination is convincingly played by Mahoko Eguchi, viola, and Sanford Margolis, piano.
Naxos is to be commended for their continuing series of recordings of virtually unknown music by American composers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 22, 2009
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This album of suites of brief piano pieces composed throughout the underappreciated career of George Frederick McKay, a professor at the University of Washington, suggests that he may be an American Poulenc or Debussy. Like Poulenc, his pieces from the 1920s and 1930s are playful winks and are highly melodic of strong national character, in this case of American ragtime, cakewalks, and jazzy riffs, as well as pastorals. His thoughtful, moody summer "patterns" of Lake Tahoe (1965) suggest French Impressionism. Three of five art songs (1964) are presented with cabaret singer Joan Morris and her husband William Bolcom on piano. The final work, a romantic suite for viola and piano from 1948 is also rich in melody and rhythm. It is a wonderful, at times beautiful, chamber piece, and violist Mahoko Eguchi performs it with deep sensitivity. I am very glad that Naxos has brought this American composer to wider attention. Good art will prevail.
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