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Gerard Schwarz

A Journey (2012)
JSGS Publishing
Year Composed
28 Minutes
Programme Note
Gerard Schwarz A Journey (2012)
First Performance
July 7, 2012
Eastern Music Festival
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Greensboro, NC

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    Other Dates:
    24 October - New York, NY
  • 07 JUL 2012
    A Journey World Premiere
    Greensboro, NC
    Eastern Music Festival
    Gerard Schwarz, conductor

The score is complex and richly varied; Schwarz has an unerring ear for tonal color and explores both the intimate and the extroverted in the unfolding of the work. Especially distinctive are numerous solos for practically every first-chair player in the orchestra; in the hands of EMF faculty, these were beautifully played. Other distinguishing moments include the hushed, quiet strings that were overpowered by unexpected loud orchestral outbursts; textures that became increasingly thick, eventually flowing into climaxes of Mahler-esque proportions; and the final major chord resolution. It seemed obvious that the audience enjoyed hearing a creative work from a man who is esteemed as a conductor. Even more appreciative, however, was the orchestra, fervent in its appreciation of A Journey, evidenced by enthusiastic stomping of feet and tapping of bows, recalling Schwarz back to the stage several times.
Timothy H. Lindeman,,07/07/2012
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