This eclectic, technically
demanding, modern extrapolation of J S Bach’s Well
Tempered Clavier — the direct inspiration of Henry
Martin’s piece — can be performed only by the elite of
today’s pianists. This is indeed the perfect
vehicle for the propulsive, expressive playing of David
Buechner. This fascinating work is a must both for
the aspiring pianist and the fan of adventurous music.
Henry Martin —
composer, pianist and music theorist —
studied with Milton Babbitt and David Del Tredici.
He received his PhD from Princeton and degrees from
Michigan and Oberlin and has been awarded grants from the
New School for Social Research, the Aaron Copland
Foundation and the Alice M Ditson Fund of Columbia
University. Aside from composing and
performing, Martin has also published two books, has
written numerous articles on music theory and is currently
the Director of Music Theory and Composition at the New
School-Mannes Jazz and Contemporary Music Program.
|Winner of the
National Composers Competition
“A stunning barrage...
Bach meets Jelly Roll Morton revved up for the
“Martin’s style mixes elements of
intensely chromatic contemporary harmony with subtle
elements of jazz. There are moody blues,
toccata-like preludes, perpetual motion, finger-twisting
fugues and eruptive episodes of chords and octaves ... it
was impossible not to be impressed.”
—The Boston Globe