Jonathan Newmark
Trios and Duos: Chamber Music 1993 - 2001


Personnel

Lori Barnet, Cello
Ying-Ting Chiu
, Bassoon and Piano
Claudia Chudacoff
, violin
Gabrielle Finck, French Horn
Jonathon Newmark, Piano
Yeon-Jee Sohn
, Oboe
Chris Shieh, Viola
Nancy Switkes
, Bassoon


The Pieces

String Trio:
One of six co-winners of the Southeastern Composers Forum Competition in 2000. The violin figurations in the second movement derive from bluegrass.

Duo Sonatina:
Premiered by the Sylvan Ensemble of Olympia, Washington in 1995.

Introduction and Scherzo:
A fundamentally serious short work to contrast with the generally lighter trios for the same combination by Poulenc, Francaix and Previn.

Chaconne and Fugue In Memoriam Dr. John C. Wood:
Written in 1995 in response to the arrest of a suspect - eventually convicted after two trials - in the 1981 murder of horn player Dr. John C. Wood.

Reviews

"I really enjoyed the hell out of it...I never find myself listening to it as a third party. I feel as if I'm in a mood...[The music] always evokes a mood."
- Philip Myers, principal horn, New York Philharmonic Orchestra

"...a good work [which] deserves to reach a larger audience."
- Ronald Klimko
Double Reed Journal

"...I was really impressed. Both pieces [the Duo Sonatina and Introduction and Scherzo] have terrific ideas, colors, and moods, and [Newmark's] writing for the instruments show that [he knows] what they can do. Fabulous!"
- John Steinmetz, Composer/Bassoonist, LA

"I just listened to the entire thing at one sitting. [Newmark's] ability to spin a few pithy ideas into a substantial piece is wonderful. I was especially impressed by the String Trio..."
- James McVoy, Composer, West Chester University (Retired), West Chester, Pennsylvania

"You handle motivic structures gorgeously, never the same way either. The "Chaconne and Fugue" proceeds with dignified variations to the climax. I absolutely love that piece especially. Thank you for sending me a CD that I shall - and do - treasure."
- Gloria Wilson Swisher, Composer, Shoreline College and University of Washington, Seattle (Retired)

Jonathan Newmark and the chamber ensembles are available for festivals and concerts

For booking information please call Music Unlimited, LLC at (301) 948-5419 and ask for James.