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Stanley Wolfe (1924-2009): Violin concerto (1989)

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« on: October 24, 2018, 08:43:39 pm »

I am happy to announce that I was again able to publish one of my personal favourite violin concertos from the 20th century: The Violin concerto by Stanley Wolfe was composed in 1989 and premiered the same year by Mark Peskanov, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. It is a brilliant and beautiful master piece and unfortunately completely neglected nowadays. The score only existed in manuscript and therefore I am happy to present the typeset full score for free download on my website. I also included a complete recording of the premiere performance for your pleasure:

Here is a short biography about Stanley Wolfe:

Stanley Wolfe was born on 7 February 1924 in New York (USA). He studied music at the Juilliard School of Music under William Bergsma,Vincent Persichetti and Peter Mennin and graduated with a master's degree in composition in 1955. Stanley Wolfe joined the faculty that same year, teaching theory, contemporary music, and composition. In 1956, he became director of Juilliard’s Extension Division (now the Evening Division), a post he held for 33 years until he retired from administrative duties in 1989. He remained on the School’s faculty until 2005. Wolfe was also a professor of music at Fordham University at Lincoln Center from 1969 through 1973 and a lecturer in the New York Philharmonic’s preconcert series, in 1985.
Wolfe received a number of high-profile awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1957 and the Alice M. Ditson-American Symphony Orchestra prize in 1961. He was the recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, in 1969, 1970, and 1977. In 1990, he received a citation and recording award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Stanley Wolfe died on 29 May 2009 in Yonkers, N.Y. (USA).
Wolfe, who described himself as primarily a symphonist, composed 7 symphonies, a Canticle for strings, Lincoln Square Overture for orchestra, Variations for orchestra, a Violin concerto, an Adagio for woodwind quartet, a string quartet and the dance piece "King's Heart".
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2018, 01:47:25 am »

Wolfe's Concerto has some very attractive themes which one can enjoy hearing, but it's problem is they're given no real development, but merely repeated over and over again, which leaves me unsatisfied in the end.

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