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Philip Glass

Craig Morris

Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square

  • Type CD
  • Label Bridge
  • UPC 0090404950827
  • Catalog number BRIDG 9508
  • Release date 03 May 2019
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About the album

Craig Morris, former principal trumpet player of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has recorded brilliant solo trumpet versions of three Philip Glass classics.  Morris’s new recording features works ranging from Glass’s constantly shifting Melodies (1995) to the driving minimalist rhythms and figures of Gradus (1968) and Piece in the Shape of a Square (1967).  Melodies was written as incidental music for a play based on the novel, Un Captif Amoureux (Prisoner of Love) by the French author Jean Genet.  Glass’s thirteen melodies cover a wide range of emotion, from touching and introspective to joyous and dancing. The visual element of Piece in the Shape of a Square, is much more a part of the composition than it is in Gradus. The music is set up in a roughly 10’ square, with one performer on the inside of the square and one performer on the outside. The performer on the inside moves around the square in a clockwise direction, while the performer on the outside moves around in a counterclockwise direction. Virtuoso trumpeter Craig Morris plays both parts on this fascinating recording.

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    1
    Melodies I. Melody 1
     
    02:41
  • 1
    2
    Melodies II. Melody 2
     
    01:41
  • 1
    3
    Melodies III. Melody 3
     
    02:39
  • 1
    4
    Melodies IV. Melody 4
     
    01:41
  • 1
    5
    Melodies V. Melody 5
     
    03:24
  • 1
    6
    Melodies VI. Melody 6
     
    01:41
  • 1
    7
    Melodies VII. Melody 7
     
    01:21
  • 1
    8
    Melodies VIII. Melody 8
     
    02:48
  • 1
    9
    Melodies IX. Melody 9
     
    01:17
  • 1
    10
    Melodies X. Melody 10
     
    02:23
  • 1
    11
    Melodies XI. Melody 11
     
    01:26
  • 1
    12
    Melodies XII. Melody 12
     
    01:57
  • 1
    13
    Melodies XIII. Melody 13
     
    03:23
  • 1
    14
    Gradus
     
    10:45
  • 1
    15
    Piece in the Shape of a Square
     
    12:40

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