Music for Glass Harmonica

Music for Glass Harmonica

by Thomas Bloch


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Music for Glass Harmonica

The glass harmonica enjoys periodic revivals, but new material is seldom written for it. The standard items are performed and recorded with some regularity, most often the two Mozart pieces and Johann Friedrich Reichardt's delightful "Rondeau," which are included here. What makes this collection interesting, aside from its status as a broad survey of the literature, is the inclusion of rarely heard works and some new compositions. Especially noteworthy is the "Mad Scene" from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," with the original glass harmonica part restored. The instrument's eerie ringing considerably heightens the scene's strangeness. Beethoven's peculiar "Melodram" is also fun to hear. There are works by minor eighteenth-century composers -- Schulz, Naumann, Röllig, and Apell -- all of which sound of their time and have their charms. Added to these are a new piece by the performer, Thomas Bloch, and three pastiches by his contemporary, Johann von Holt Sombach. Bloch's "Sancta Maria" is a modest but competent work, delivered here with a postmodern treatment of its multi-tracked vocal parts. Holt Sombach's appropriation of an eighteenth-century style is eccentric at best, though his three pieces are innocuous enough in themselves. However, one is left to wonder what use might be made of this instrument in a more inventive composer's hands.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2001
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313529520
catalogNumber: 8555295
Rank: 114366


  1. Largo for glass harmonica in C minor: transposed to G minor
  2. Adagio, for glass harmonica & string quartet (from Fantaisie Concertante)
  3. Rondo for glass harmonica, string quartet & double-bass in B flat
  4. Sonata for glass harmonica (or piano) No. 3
  5. Adagio for glass harmonica in C major, K. 356 (K. 617a)
  6. Adagio and Rondo for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola & cello in C minor, K. 617
  7. Leonore Prohaska, incidental music, WoO 96: Melodram for glass harmonica & voice
  8. Kleine Tonstücke, for glass harmonica
  9. Il trionfo della musica, cantata: Terzetto, Adagio (No. 9)
  10. 1ère Suite for glass harmonica: Fantaisie
  11. 1ère Suite for glass harmonica: Allemande
  12. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Il dolce suono...ardon gli incensi
  13. 1ère Suite for glass harmonica: 2ème Menuet
  14. Sancta Maria, for voice, keyboards and tape

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