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Friday, December 30th, 2016

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Explore Newly Unveiled Schumann Works


Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Explore Newly Unveiled Schumann Works

As you may know, Paul Green and Frederick Moyer have presented on this site two works by Robert Schumann that have never before been available to the general public. With this software you can investigate Schumann’s Sonata No. 3: Original Finale Movement, Sonata No. 4 (Sketch): First Movement, and Sonata No. 4 (Sketch): FinaleMovement. Simply select the composition you wish to view and press play. For more detailed instructions on using this software visit http://www.frederickmoyer.com/essays/2011/04/explore-newly-unveiled-schumann-works/


Rave Reviews for the Jazz Arts Trio’s Latest CD “Swing of Many Colors”


Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Rave Reviews for the Jazz Arts Trio’s Swing of Many Colors

 

                                       

 


 

Once again the Jazz Arts Trio is receiving rave reviews, this time for their second release Swing of Many Colors!

 

Jay Harvey of the Indianapolis Star calls the release “… an inspired tribute” and states that “Moyer, Tillotson and Fraenkel spiritedly recapture the rapport of Jamal with bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Vernel Fournier.”

 

John Henry of Audiophile Audition calls Swing of Many Colors “… a delight to hear” and gives it a 5/5 star rating.

 

C.J. Bond of Jazmuzic.com states: “I was amazed by my initial visceral reaction to George and Ira Gershwin’s ‘But Not For Me.’ This was more than just a transcription and re-interpretation of an influential jazz classic, this was an uncannily accurate transcription of time and history, personal and musical. … Rogers and Hammerstein’s ‘The Surrey With the Fringe on Top’ made my knees weak… by the time Karl Suessdorf /John Blackburn’s ‘Moonlight in Vermont’ crested, I needed something to hold on to. … What is important, and ultimately will be enduring about Swing of Many Colors is the effect it has on its listeners. It is the effect that removes any doubt about the need for such an interpretive retrospective, and makes moot such questions as: Why? Is it necessary?”

 

George Carroll, of cabaretexchange.com, calls the trio “a dead ringer to re-illustrate the talents of such luminaries as Oscar Peterson, Jarrett, McPartland, Chick … ” He goes on to say “… the group deals successfully  in viable syncopated accents and infectiously gay artistry in their musical output resulting in recreating with near military precision the art of those that have preceded us.”

 

To read the reviews please visit these links:

Indianapolis Star

Jazmuzic.com

cabaretexchange.com

 

To purchase the Jazz Arts Trio’s Swing of Many Colors and their groundbreaking debut Tribute please visit JRI Recordings where you can purchase both releases as CDs and digital downloads.

 

You can also download the music from iTunes, Amazon, and eMusic, or listen on Rhapsody and iHeartRadio. To learn more about the Jazz Arts trio and to hear them live, visit frederickmoyer.com/jazzartstrio.

 

A portion of the sales made from Swing of Many Colors will go to the Jazz Foundation of America, which is dedicated to saving the homes and lives of elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis.  Swing of Many Colors is also presented in JRI Recording’s environmentally friendly CDBook™ packaging. To learn more about the CDBook click here.

 

 

 

Explore Newly Unveiled Schumann Works


Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Explore Newly Unveiled Schumann Works

As you may know, Paul Green and Frederick Moyer have presented on this site two works by Robert Schumann that have never before been available to the general public. If you are viewing this site with Safari, Google Chrome, or the latest Firefox click the following links to explore these works in detail:

Schumann

Schumann: Sonata No. 3: Original Finale Movement

http://www.frederickmoyer.com/Schumann/4d9a4f534b43d/

Schumann: Sonata No. 4 (Sketch): First Movement

http://www.frederickmoyer.com/Schumann/4d3ba35f1c84f/

Schumann: Sonata No. 4 (Sketch): FinaleMovement

http://www.frederickmoyer.com/Schumann/4d65a0cb05055/


Note: These web pages will only run properly with Safari, Google Chrome, or Firefox as these browsers use the latest web technology (“WebKit” / “HTML5.”) Safari, Chrome, and Firefox are  free and run on Windows and Mac. For the latest versions, please click the respective links above.



On our Schumann pages, you can:

  • See both the original manuscript and our deciphered score:

1Schu


  • Listen to Frederick Moyer perform these works while following along in either manuscript or deciphered score:

2Schu


  • See the manuscript zoomed in:

3Schu


  • Read notes on places in the manuscript:

4schu


  • Hear animated commentary about other places:

5Schu


Note: If you would rather download the software as a standalone application, please click on the following links:

Schumann4thSonata: WindowsMac

SchumannPrestoPossibile: WindowsMac


Please let us know if you have any problems!


Concurrently, Moyer’s record label, JRI Recordings, has made available for purchase the sheet music for these works, either in printed form or as PDF downloads. These then are the first publications of these works by the great Romantic master:


• “Presto Possibile” — early version of finale movement to Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14, is available here.


• Sonata No. 4 (Sketch,) is available here.


Schumann: Sonata No. 3: Finale – EARLY VERSION


Monday, February 21st, 2011

NEW as of 4/19/11:

If you have Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox you can investigate Schumann’s Original 3rd Sonata Finale Movement using the following link:

http://www.frederickmoyer.com/Schumann/4d9a4f534b43d/

For more information, please visit our latest blog by clicking here

To download our Proprietary Software, click on the appropriate link:  Windows —  Mac


The Original Finale Movement to Schumann’s Sonata No. 3

Since unveiling the Schumann Fourth Sonata fragment on this web site in July of 2009, Paul Green and Frederick Moyer have been deciphering another Schumann manuscript: an early version of the Finale movement to his Third Sonata.

BACKGROUND:
During his research on the Fourth Sonata, Paul had acquired from from the British Museum a copy of Schumann’s manuscript of the Third Sonata. This was the final version, the manuscript that Schumann sent to the publisher. Paul and Fred were intrigued to see that the last movement begins with a single page of an alternate version that is then crossed out, and followed by the final version, the version that was of course published.

The crossed out page is easily readable, and Paul and Fred found that it is good music! Was there more? Yes — Paul located a second and more extensive manuscript at a library in Stockholm (“Stiftelsen Musikkulturens Främjande, Sammlung Nydahl.”) He acquired a high-resolution scan and with his grandson Rafael Green and Fred, began deciphering it. They were bowled over to find that, except for a coda, this is a complete piece nearly six minutes long, over 300 measures. Why this important addition to Schumann’s output has never been published is puzzling. Fred finished the piece by inserting the coda to the final version (a perfect fit.)

COMMENTS:
Marked “Presto Possibile” the piece is dramatic, explosive, even bizarre. At a climactic moment, it references a theme written by Clara that Schumann uses in the slow movement of the same sonata. But it is introduced here first in a grotesque crashing mutation marked fortississimo, and then immediately quietly in an almost-verbatim quote from one of the variations from the slow movement.




Another quote is stated by the 4th and 5th fingers of the left hand: the opening phrase to Mozart’s “La ci Darem la mano” from Don Giovanni.




Translated “Give me your hand,” this is certainly a message for Clara. Robert was pining away for her while writing this piece, their separation caused by Clara’s father who had threatened to shoot Robert if he caught him with her. (This famous conflict between Robert and Clara’s father was raging at the time of this composition and certainly contributed to the extreme passion of the music.)

The movement also has an inspired and ingenious secondary theme. If you play it yourself, you will see that it is best played “a la Liberace” with high hands to allow the thumbs to play loudly when the arms come down!



Click Here to purchase the score.