Three Gregorian Preludes for Solo Organ
Robert Starer captures the serenity and spirituality of these three Gregorian chants: De Angelis, Orbis Factor, and Tantum Ergo. Written for manuals only, these pieces are appealing and appropriate for use as preludes and meditative moments. Starer was enchanted by the beauty of the plainsong, while wanting to use it "in a new way while maintaining the character of the original form."
VIV 339, 12 pages, $8.95
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A Brief Bio of the Composer
Robert Starer was born in Vienna (1924-2001) and received his musical education at the State Academy in Vienna, the Jerusalem Conservatoire and the Juilliard School. He became an American citizen in 1957. He has taught at Juilliard and at the Graduate Center of C.U.N.Y. where he was named Distinguished Professor in 1986.
His symphonic works have been performed by Mitropoulos, Bernstein, Ozawa, Mehta and others. Interpreters of his music include Itzhak Perlman, Janos Starker, Leontyne Price, and Roberta Peters. Excerpts from his book Continuo, A Life in Music, have appeared in the New Yorker, Musical America and the London Times.
He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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