A Path Less Trod

A Path Less Trod

by Black Cedar



Black Cedar is a San Francisco Bay area chamber ensemble whose raison d'être is the exploration of music for the unusual combination of flute, guitar, and cello. Since works in that category aren't abundant, the group has commissioned new works, and the program on A Path Less Trod includes two of them. The first, "Miscellaneous Music," by Bay Area composer Durwynne Hsieh, makes the whole package worth the price of admission with its way of thinking through the possibilities of the ensemble and with its sheer high spirits generally. The flute does not always take the melody line, but often skitters along ornamentally above the guitar, and throughout his humorously titled movements ("Möbius Movement," "Introverted Interlude," "Five Fun Facts" -- sample the last of these for the unique programmatic element of a turkey sliding down the front of a cello) Hsieh defines boundaries between the roles of the three disparate instruments, and then crosses them gleefully. The rest of the music is also enjoyable. Garrett Shatzer's "Of Emblems," also a commission, makes a more formal conclusion, and the two central works are also idiomatic: Nathan Kolosko's "Hungarian Trio" evokes the diverse café ensembles of Austria-Hungary, and Klaus Hinrich Stahmer's "Debussyana," from a 1983 set called "Acht Nachtstücke," is a witty reworking of material from "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun." In general, the music is light but well-wrought, and you can easily see why this unique group has become a chamber music draw in the musically rich Bay Area.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2016
Label: That Other Label
UPC: 0829166831118
catalogNumber: 83111


  1. Of Emblems, for flute, cello & guitar
  2. Hungarian Trio, for flute, cello & guitar
  3. Miscellaneous Music, for flute, cello & guitar

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Path Less Trod 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classical guitar, cello and flute make for a great trio combination. Interesting music --knew to many of us. One of my favorite pieces is "Debuesyama" by Acht Nachtstucke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is EXCELLENT! I'm so happy to find these instruments in a classical setting - it's also very contemporary which is perfect! Enjoy!