and Duos: Chamber Music 1993 - 2001
Ying-Ting Chiu, Bassoon and Piano
Gabrielle Finck, French Horn
Jonathon Newmark, Piano
Yeon-Jee Sohn, Oboe
Chris Shieh, Viola
Nancy Switkes, Bassoon
One of six co-winners of the Southeastern Composers Forum
Competition in 2000. The violin figurations in the second
movement derive from bluegrass.
Premiered by the Sylvan Ensemble of Olympia, Washington
A fundamentally serious short work to contrast with the generally
lighter trios for the same combination by Poulenc, Francaix
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.
"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
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
by the String
- James McVoy, Composer, West
Chester University (Retired), West Chester, Pennsylvania
"You handle motivic structures gorgeously,
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
Newmark and the chamber ensembles are available
for festivals and concerts
booking information please call Music Unlimited, LLC at
and ask for James.