Baxter/Ghezzi Flute & Guitar Duo - The Music

Songs & Dances
JDT 3230
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This CD includes Four Tableaus by Jeffery Cotton, Suites by John Duarte, Enyss Djemil and Franco Margola, and arrangements of songs by Gabriel Faure and Laurie MacGregor.

Jeffery Cotton's most recent engagement was as composer-in-residence of the Boston-based Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra from 1999 through 2003. His first new work for Metamorphosen, Lyra, was praised by the Boston Globe as "a gentle, confessional hymn to music of great beauty." Cotton wrote six works for the group, and has two more forthcoming.

A native of Los Angeles, Cotton studied with Hans Werner Henze from 1983 to 1985 at the Academy of Music in Cologne, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar. Later he studied with George Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in 1989.

In 1990 Jeffery Cotton returned to Germany as a Guggenheim Fellow, and lived in Berlin during the German Reunification. In 1991 he returned to the United States and settled in New York, where he became the first composer-in-residence of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. During his tenure there, Cotton created the ensemble’s "Second Helpings" series, hailed by the New York Times as "something truly different".

A recipient of many awards and grants, including most recently a Camargo Foundation Fellowship, the Aaron Copland Award, a Fromm Foundation commission, and a Bogliasco Foundation Grant, Jeffery Cotton’s music has been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony.

John Duarte (1919 - 2004) has composed more than 130 works for the guitar and lute. Most of his compositions have been have been published and 57 have been commercially recorded by artists and ensembles in 24 countries. His 60th and 70th birthdays were celebrated with concerts of his music in the Wigmore Hall in London, played by artists from Britain, the United States, Czechoslovakia, Venezuela, Germany and Croatia. His 80th birthday was marked by a similar concert in Bolivar Hall with artists from England, Scotland, Brazil, Greece and Italy. In 1990, he received a Silver Medal from the Czech Ambassador in London for his "services to Anglo-Czech and Slovak cultural relations," and in 1999 he received the Guitar Foundation of America's Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Franco Margola (1908 - 1992): a composer, teacher, and writer of Italian nationality.

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) is a song composer of major importance, capturing in his settings the spirit of his time, the mood of nostalgic yearning for the unattainable. In the rigid official musical establishment of Paris in the second half of the 19th century Gabriel Fauré won acceptance with difficulty. He was a pupil of Camille Saint-Saëns at the Ecole Niedermeyer and served as organist at various Paris churches, including finally the Madeleine, but had no teaching position until 1897 at the Conservatoire, where his pupils included Ravel and Enescu. In 1905 he became director of the Conservatoire in the aftermath of the scandal of the refusal of the Prix de Rome to Ravel and introduced a number of necessary reforms. He retired in 1920, after which he was able to devote himself more fully again to composition, notably two final chamber works, a piano trio and a string quartet. He died in Paris in 1924.

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