Lukas Foss Unknown

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Lukas Foss Unknown



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1. F. Chopin - Etude in C Sharp minor, arr. by Aaron Copland (1919)

2. Lukas Foss - Fantasia (1937)

3. Lukas Foss - Duo (1940)

4. Lukas Foss - Intermezzo (1940)

5. John Duke - Melody in E flat (1946)

Ignacy Gaydamovich, cello
Janusz Grzelazka, piano

Leszek Wojcik, Recording Engineer
Recorded July 21-22, 2016
Bemis Hall, Lincoln Center, MA

Even though Lukas Foss was a child prodigy, his early works remain almost entirely unknown. Three pieces featured for cello and piano have never previously been published, nor recorded or performed in concerts. Because I was fortunate to study with Terry King, who was a close friend of the composer, I was able to use the copies of the manuscripts. Together with my father, we decided to give these pieces a new life and share them with the world. We also included a very well-done and unpublished arrangement of Chopin’s Etude by Aaron Copland from 1919 and a beautiful Melody by New England composer - John Duke.

Fantasia from 1937 is a difficult work with a shifting language. Foss, 15 years old at that time was most likely drawing his inspirations from music of Hindemith and Bach. Duo from 1940 is very different in harmonic language but similar in structure. Central to the piece are a Fugue and a Cadenza with Minuet-like figures. Intermezzo is also from 1940, although an arrangement of his earlier stage work (“The Tempest” by Shakespeare) is his most mature piece from that period. Being very atmospheric, it brings out colors of the sound and emotional intensity more than the structure of the piece.

-Ignacy Gaydamovich