"Snazzy Sonata for Piano Four hands" An Entertainment for Two
This delightful work captures American rhythms and idioms, from the Moderate Two Step to a Lazy Beguine, Bebop Scherzo to the final Grand Valse. Zaimont wrote this work for two players at one piano. Zaimontís symphonic, chamber and piano music is widely performed to excellent reviews and acclaim, and she has recorded this work on the 4Tay label.
VIV 6401, 68 pages, $29.95
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A Brief Bio of the Composer
Judith Lang Zaimont is an internationally-recognized composer whose music is characterized by its expressive strength, dynamism, and rhythmic vitality. Her musical language is coloristic, employing a chromatic, almost centrifugal tonality which shrewdly balances the lyric and dramatic. In both instrumental and vocal works her distinctive style successfully captures emotion by creating vivid, flexible rhythms and sculpted lines within clearly defined forms.
Many works from Zaimontís catalogue of more than 90 compositions have won prizes. Among her composition awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship and the Debussy Fellowship of the Alliance Française de New York; grants from the Presser Foundation, from the Maryland and Minnesota state arts councils, and from the National Endowment for the Arts and Minnesota Composers Forum. Her symphonic works have won several major prizes including the First Prize-Gold Medal in the Gottschalk Centenary International Composition Competition (1970), the Statue of Liberty Centennial Competition for Chamber Orchestra Composition (1986), and the 1994 McCollin International Composers Competition.
Her music is frequently played in the United States and abroad, and has been programmed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the National Gallery of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, and other major auditoriums on three continents, by such organizations as Connecticut Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, American Guild of Organists, (Bay Area) Womenís Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (Boston), Florilegium Chamber Choir, and the Dale Warland Singers.
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