The Music of David Gaines
6 May 2009
Conductor: Vit Micka
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Gaines: Euphonium Concerto (1987) N/A
Composer: David Gaines
Conductor: Vit Micka
Recording Date: Fri 6 Oct 2000
I - Misterioso (1:00) N/A
II - Vivace (1:02) N/A
III - Andante con moto - Allegro energico (1:03) N/A
Gaines: Symphony no 1 "Esperanto" N/A
Composer: David Gaines
Conductor: Vit Micka
Recording Date: Thu 5 Oct 2000
I - Solemn and pensive (1:17) N/A
II - Fast and dramatic, almost frenetic (1:04) N/A
III - Mystical and reverent, quasi-religious (1:11) N/A
IV - Fast and light - With melancholy, slower - A Tempo - Reflective (1:05) N/A
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David Gaines (composer)
This album was the first collection of my music produced for a commercial recording. The euphonium concerto was my master's degree thesis at American University, and this recording of it was the first commercial recording ever of a work for euphonium and orchestra by an American composer (it would have been the first one ever by any composer if not for a wonderful recording of the Jukka Linkola concerto that came out on CD while this one was in production). The symphony was my doctoral dissertation at the Peabody Conservatory and is the only piece of which I'm aware for full symphony orchestra that uses a voice with Esperanto texts throughout.

The Moravian Philharmonic was wonderful to work with -- so typical of the friendly, inexpensive, and immensely talented Eastern European orchestras that many American composers have been using for several years now in order to create recordings that otherwise wouldn't exist. The tempos are much slower in some places, particularly the first movement of the concerto, than I call for in the scores, but the severely limited rehearsal/recording time available made it necessary.

Rockville, Maryland
May 2009
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