As a school teacher a few years ago I became acquainted with Libby Larsen's eclectic style. It was included in the text book on American composers. The examples they used were quirky-- choral pieces with wild west noises, and a string quartet playing boogie woogie in a video no less. This recording however is something a Copland fan would enjoy. It is symphonic and "Deep Summer" is very tonal,pastoral. Later in the recording there are hints of Stravinsky's rhythms. Libby Larsen is my age and I'm proud of he..
libby larsen may not be a household name beyond colorado (note who commissioned these pieces--the colorado symphony!) but she has composed some wonderful new american classical music for this album. actually, the compositions range from 1983 (deep summer music) to the 1990s. the album opens with "deep summer music" a brief tone poem capturing the essence of a late summer evening. the model seems to be charles ives' central park tone poem, with the music leading you into an imagined evening along a mountain ..
Libby Larsen is easily one of the greatest of all modern American classical music composers, and the fact that she is a very skillful female composer is something of an added bonus. Such is the case on this recording made by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and their Conductor Laureate Martin Alsop of three of Ms. Larsen's works--"Deep Summer Music"; "Solo Symphony"; and her 1992 Marimba Concerto."Deep Summer Music" is a short but very meditative tone painting of the landscape of the Midwest, in the traditi..