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1. Christopher Lowry: Romanza for Four Violas, Opus 15

Christopher Lowry: Romanza for Four Violas, Opus 15

This is the demo recording of my viola quartet "Romanza," which was a commission for the American Viola Society; the piece was premiered late September 2012 in Knoxville, TN and has since been performed all over the world. I recorded all four viola parts for this demo using the M-Audio Microtrack II recorder. Here are notes about the piece: “Inspired by the rich vocal qualities of the viola, 'Romanza' attempts to combine two very different musical idioms: English pastoral and Italian opera. As a violist myself, I have always been drawn to the beauty and complexity of the viola’s tone; it can be dark and brooding, idyllic and nostalgic, or even bright and joyful. These are just some of the many facets of this unique instrument that encouraged the creation of this work. 'Romanza' deals with the implications of writing for four of the same instrument by experimentation with close spacing of voices, as well as pairing the opposite extremes of range, simultaneously utilizing the richness and power of the C-string and the plaintive singing qualities of the upper register. The piece consists of one primary theme with very little deviation from it; most of the development occurs through means such as motivic variation and changes in tessitura, texture, harmony, counterpoint, and tempo. That said, the piece can essentially be viewed in ternary form, with two slower sections separated by a faster lively section, contrasting the lyrical with the fiery and virtuosic. It exploits many of the viola’s wonderful effects and timbres, a variety of bowstrokes, a broad range of dynamics, and even the challenge of balancing voices. The melodic material is evenly shared among the four players, and therefore all four voices should be thought of as equals. 'Romanza' was commissioned by David Bynog for the American Viola Society.”

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2. Lowry - Little Suite - III. March And Scherzo (Louisiana Sinfonietta)

Lowry - Little Suite - III. March And Scherzo (Louisiana Sinfonietta)

Christopher Lowry "Little Suite for Strings," Opus 27 Louisiana Sinfonietta, cond. Dinos Constantinides I. Introduction and Sonatina II. Canción III. March and Scherzo IV. Rondo "This short suite in four movements draws its inspiration from the string music of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Elgar, and Nielsen, while remaining true to my own American sentiments and compositional voice. The first movement begins with a broad, chorale-like introduction followed by a brief study in sonata form, making a few references to some of my favorite works in this idiom. The second movement is a slow, relatively undeveloped song without words that features short solos for violin, viola, and cello; this movement is dedicated to Perla Fernandez. The ternary third movement features a pompous theme contrasted with a brisk theme excerpted from deleted material from my 'Symphony No. 0.' The main theme of the 'Rondo' is in a spirited 7/8 time, which contrasts the slow, contrapuntal B-theme and the lyrical C-theme. "'Little Suite' was commissioned for and is dedicated to Jennifer Cassin and the Runnels School. The piece was premiered on May 3, 2017, by the Runnels School String Orchestra, under the baton of Régulo Stabilito." Recorded October 7-8, 2017; LSU Recital Hall; Baton Rouge, LA; Engineered and Mixed by Christopher Lowry

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3. My Jesus, I Love Thee

My Jesus, I Love Thee

My grandmother Melba Lollar passed away recently, and since I was unable to attend her memorial service, I was asked to arrange and record a few hymns to be played at the service. I arranged, recorded, and mixed all of this in less than 24 hours (an all-nighter well spent), so pardon the intonation and the background noise (can't help that there are noisy children outside my windows). I'll probably re-record and edit this more later when I get ready to do the full-length hymn album. This arrangement takes my own approach to the four-part hymn and expands into a more modern ballad-like feel. Instruments: Violas, Brita water filter shaker, synth pad and bass, and percussion samples I took of myself.

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4. Hymn of Grieving and Acceptance, Opus 30, for Concert Band (Demo, RoughMix 1.24.18)

Hymn of Grieving and Acceptance, Opus 30, for Concert Band (Demo, RoughMix 1.24.18)

Christopher Lowry (b.1988) "Hymn of Grieving and Acceptance," Opus 30, for Concert Band (Grade 4) PROGRAM NOTES: “On May 6, 2017, my apartment in Baton Rouge, LA, burned down, destroying many personal items and irreplaceable memories, and killing my cat Clara. Needless to say, the next several months were filled with sadness, anger, confusion, and helplessness. Though I am still working through all of this, I decided to deal with the pain through music. Hymn for Grieving and Acceptance is the first piece I have written since then that directly deals with these emotions. As the title suggests, this piece represents the gradual transition from grief to peace; though I’m still in the process of figuring out exactly how that feels and what it means, this piece is my own personal, musical expression of this process as of now. “Hymn concerns itself more with the journey to peace than with the actual despair; the mood of the piece is largely reverent and hopeful. The basis of the piece is a slow chorale that starts somberly and progressively grows more resolved throughout the piece. The second theme is a hymn-like tune that owes much to Gustav Holst. These two ideas develop together motivically as the piece grows in emotion and intensity. The latter third of the piece is a faster, more assured variation on the themes, which leads to a final climatic statement of the chorale. “Hymn for Grieving and Acceptance was commissioned by World Projects and will be premiered in Carnegie Hall in March 2018 by the Dublin High School Wind Ensemble (conducted by Melissa Williams).” Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 Flutes, Oboe, Bassoon, 3 Clarinets in B-flat, optional Alto Clarinet in E-flat, Bass Clarinet in B-flat, Contralto Clarinet in E-flat, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, 3 Cornets (or Trumpets) in B-flat, 2 Horns in F, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tubas, Double Bass, Timpani, and Percussion (5 players sharing Bass Drum, Crash Cymbals, 2 Suspended Cymbals, Tam-tam, Triangle, Marimba, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, and Tubular Bells).

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5. 09 yes you

09 yes you

This is a just a quick sample to show you that I can indeed mix anything. I am a fan of ambiance and subtle tones. I love natural sound enhanced and perfected.

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6. 05 im so glad

05 im so glad

This is a just a quick sample to show you that I can indeed mix anything. I am a fan of ambiance and subtle tones. I love natural sound enhanced and perfected.

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7. Abide With Me / Jesus Lover of My Soul

Abide With Me / Jesus Lover of My Soul

My grandmother Melba Lollar passed away recently, and since I was unable to attend her memorial service, I was asked to arrange and record a few hymns to be played at the service. I arranged, recorded, and mixed all of this in less than 24 hours (an all-nighter well spent), so pardon the intonation and the background noise (can't help that there are noisy children outside my windows). I'll probably re-record and edit this more later when I get ready to do the full-length hymn album. This arrangement is an odd combination of musical styles that I can best describe as a Renaissance dance (galliard maybe?) mixed with a campfire sing-along song....for better or for worse... Instruments: Bowed Violas, Strummed Viola, Viola-Drum, Sesame Seed Canister Shaker, synth bass, and a few percussion samples.

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8. Lowry - Little Suite - IV. Rondo (Louisiana Sinfonietta)

Lowry - Little Suite - IV. Rondo (Louisiana Sinfonietta)

Christopher Lowry "Little Suite for Strings," Opus 27 Louisiana Sinfonietta, cond. Dinos Constantinides I. Introduction and Sonatina II. Canción III. March and Scherzo IV. Rondo "This short suite in four movements draws its inspiration from the string music of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Elgar, and Nielsen, while remaining true to my own American sentiments and compositional voice. The first movement begins with a broad, chorale-like introduction followed by a brief study in sonata form, making a few references to some of my favorite works in this idiom. The second movement is a slow, relatively undeveloped song without words that features short solos for violin, viola, and cello; this movement is dedicated to Perla Fernandez. The ternary third movement features a pompous theme contrasted with a brisk theme excerpted from deleted material from my 'Symphony No. 0.' The main theme of the 'Rondo' is in a spirited 7/8 time, which contrasts the slow, contrapuntal B-theme and the lyrical C-theme. "'Little Suite' was commissioned for and is dedicated to Jennifer Cassin and the Runnels School. The piece was premiered on May 3, 2017, by the Runnels School String Orchestra, under the baton of Régulo Stabilito." Recorded October 7-8, 2017; LSU Recital Hall; Baton Rouge, LA; Engineered and Mixed by Christopher Lowry

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9. Christopher Lowry: "Concert Fantasy for Trombone and Piano," Opus 9

Christopher Lowry:

Concert Fantasy for Trombone and Piano, Opus 9 I. Noble, with Grandeur; Martial -- II. Menacing -- III. Lamenting: Reflecting -- IV. Noble, yet Retrospective John Fontaine, trombone; Shelby Flowers, piano This is the world premiere recording of my "Concert Fantasy" for trombone and piano. This is the original instrumentation of the piece; I am currently in the process of orchestrating it as well. Here are my notes about the piece: "I have always had a special fondness for the trombone—not only for its rich tonal spectrum, but also for its versatility and wide range of 'personalities.' More so than many other brass instruments, the trombone is well suited to almost any style of music, and it has been used effectively to personify nobility, as well as many others characters that a composer might intend. It was my deep interest and fascination with these concepts that sparked the inspiration for my 'Concert Fantasy.' Through this piece I hoped to showcase many different characteristics, contrasting the stately and magnificent with the brash, edgy, bombastic, sardonic, whimsical, introspective, wistful, and meditative. Though technically only in one movement, 'Concert Fantasy' is divided into four sections, each of which has a form unto itself, but all of which fall under a larger hierarchical structure. Therefore, the piece, though not truly programmatic, seems to be somewhat narrative in style. "The first section ('Noble, with Grandeur; Martial') opens with a declamatory fanfare, suggesting royalty or aristocracy. After this exciting introduction is a march of a somewhat militaristic style, with the trombone playing an articulate melody over the piano's ostinato chords. Soon, the harmony becomes slightly obscured, as if what appears to be noble is in fact deceiving. A slightly truncated and more dissonant version of the opening fanfare leads into the second section ('Menacing'). Marked 'Allegro frenetico,' this section is quite frenzied and boisterous, perhaps suggesting the outbreak of war. Syncopations, cluster chords, and effects such as flutter-tongue and glissandos build suspense and keep the listener on the edge of his seat. This relatively jazzy, even raunchy section culminates in a tumultuous chord in the piano, which never resolves but instead leads into the third section ('Lamenting: Reflecting'). Perhaps the aftermath of the previous 'battle,' this section is slow and mournful, showing the beautiful, expressive timbres of the trombone in its quieter register. The motivic and melodic content of this section is based firmly on ideas introduced earlier in the piece. The trombone reflects on these earlier themes both with and without the mute. Several cadenza-like figures for both piano and trombone lead into a quiet reiteration of the opening fanfare, which results in a series of trombone cadenzas and a dramatic crescendo up to the emotional climax of the piece. As the intensity begins to disperse, the piano leads into the fourth and final section ('Noble, yet Retrospective'). This section is essentially a recapitulation of the march-like theme—still noble, but this time jaded with the knowledge and experience of times past. The piece concludes with a final statement of the fanfare and an exciting flourish to a triumphant end. This piece was written for and is dedicated to John Fontaine." Recorded April 7 and 25, 2011, in Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN. This piece is copyright 2009/10 by Christopher Lowry. Score and parts will be available upon request.

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10. Lowry: "Golden Rhapsody, Opus 17" (Live with the LSU Symphony)

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Christopher Lowry: "Golden Rhapsody, Opus 17" for Orchestra Louisiana State University Symphony Orchestra, cond. Carlos Riazuelo Recorded Live, September 19 and 20, 2016; LSU Union Theater, Baton Rouge, LA Recorded by Bill Kelley; Edited and Mixed by Chris Lowry “The piece consists of two main themes, both of which evolve from the opening motives, but neither of which is fully stated until about 3 minutes into the piece. The use of chorales is also a key idea behind the piece, serving as transitional material as well as a means to relate the two themes to each other. The ever-evolving opening motive unfolds canonically in the trumpets, horns, and trombones respectively, each time in a different key. The melody begins to take shape as a sort of horn call, over rumbling strings and organ pedals and thunderous percussion. The ‘Golden Theme’ is finally stated in full, passed between solo trumpet and trombone and then the string section. This theme is interesting and spontaneous, as it always modulates up by a whole step; this section never stays in the same key (or meter) for more than a few bars at a time. After some development of the theme, a chorale leads the piece to the slower middle section, where the oboe introduces the second theme in triple meter. The strings take over the theme, which is then given to the bassoon and taken by a solo viola. “This peaceful moment gives way to a dramatic build in intensity until the grandiose climax of the piece—a glorious tutti statement of the second theme. Following this is a sort of recap of the Golden Theme, played first by the horns and then by the bass trombone. Everything is summed up, and then a gentle string chorale followed by a dramatic crescendo in the percussion section leads the piece to a flashy and exuberant finale. “‘Golden Rhapsody’ was commissioned for the Blair School of Music's 50th Concert Season.”

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11. Lowry - "Little Suite for Strings," Opus 27

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Christopher Lowry "Little Suite for Strings," Opus 27 Louisiana Sinfonietta, cond. Dinos Constantinides I. Introduction and Sonatina II. Canción III. March and Scherzo IV. Rondo "This short suite in four movements draws its inspiration from the string music of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Elgar, and Nielsen, while remaining true to my own American sentiments and compositional voice. The first movement begins with a broad, chorale-like introduction followed by a brief study in sonata form, making a few references to some of my favorite works in this idiom. The second movement is a slow, relatively undeveloped song without words that features short solos for violin, viola, and cello; this movement is dedicated to Perla Fernandez. The ternary third movement features a pompous theme contrasted with a brisk theme excerpted from deleted material from my 'Symphony No. 0.' The main theme of the 'Rondo' is in a spirited 7/8 time, which contrasts the slow, contrapuntal B-theme and the lyrical C-theme. "'Little Suite' was commissioned for and is dedicated to Jennifer Cassin and the Runnels School. The piece was premiered on May 3, 2017, by the Runnels School String Orchestra, under the baton of Régulo Stabilito." Recorded October 7-8, 2017; LSU Recital Hall; Baton Rouge, LA; Engineered and Mixed by Christopher Lowry

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12. Chris Lowry: "The American Dream - An Anthem," for string orchestra, Opus 10 (World Premiere)

Chris Lowry:

This is the world premiere recording of my composition "The American Dream - An Anthem," for string orchestra. Here are my notes about the piece: "I wrote this piece during a time of personal reflection—a time when I was thinking about what it truly means to be a modern American composer. I had recently taken a course in college on American Music and learned much about our musical heritage and traditions. Throughout the country's history, music has always been evolving and taking on characteristics and influences from the music of other countries and cultures. Important pioneers of American classical music, such as Edward MacDowell, Henry Cowell, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein (just to name a few), heavily alluded to past traditions in their music and thus truly paved the way for American composers for years to come. I have repeatedly reflected on these things, and this piece is a culmination of those musings as well as an homage to the great composers and rich musical history of America. "The piece comprises three basic ideas. One of these is a spirited, almost patriotic theme, which presents itself first in 7/8 and then in a steady 4/4 time. The second idea is a slower variation on the theme in 3/4, which is the basis for the slow middle section. The last idea is a broad, sweeping gesture that begins the piece, ends it, and ties everything together. All three of these musical ideas can be related to the tenets of the American Dream, as outlined in the Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. This piece is meant to invoke a feeling in the listener—perhaps a feeling of patriotism or a feeling of unity. This feeling will be different for everyone, but, regardless of what that feeling is, I hope the piece will resonate with the listener and remind everyone that, even during the trials and tribulations of today, America is one nation—united we stand." New York All-State String Orchestra, conducted by Carol Nies Recorded Live on December 2, 2011, at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. This piece is copyright 2010/11 by Christopher Lowry. The score and parts are available for purchase or rent upon request.

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13. Suite on "Be Thou My Vision"(Rough Mix, 6.15.17)

Suite on

A rough mix of my Celtic-Rock arrangement of "Be Thou My Vision" mixed with two of my own original jigs. All instruments either played or programmed by me. This is part of my upcoming CD, "The Instrumental Hymnal."

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14. Lowry - Little Suite - I. Introduction And Sonatina (Louisiana Sinfonietta)

Lowry - Little Suite - I. Introduction And Sonatina (Louisiana Sinfonietta)

Christopher Lowry "Little Suite for Strings," Opus 27 Louisiana Sinfonietta, cond. Dinos Constantinides I. Introduction and Sonatina II. Canción III. March and Scherzo IV. Rondo "This short suite in four movements draws its inspiration from the string music of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Elgar, and Nielsen, while remaining true to my own American sentiments and compositional voice. The first movement begins with a broad, chorale-like introduction followed by a brief study in sonata form, making a few references to some of my favorite works in this idiom. The second movement is a slow, relatively undeveloped song without words that features short solos for violin, viola, and cello; this movement is dedicated to Perla Fernandez. The ternary third movement features a pompous theme contrasted with a brisk theme excerpted from deleted material from my 'Symphony No. 0.' The main theme of the 'Rondo' is in a spirited 7/8 time, which contrasts the slow, contrapuntal B-theme and the lyrical C-theme. "'Little Suite' was commissioned for and is dedicated to Jennifer Cassin and the Runnels School. The piece was premiered on May 3, 2017, by the Runnels School String Orchestra, under the baton of Régulo Stabilito." Recorded October 7-8, 2017; LSU Recital Hall; Baton Rouge, LA; Engineered and Mixed by Christopher Lowry

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15. Lowry - Little Suite - II. Cancion (Louisiana Sinfonietta)

Lowry - Little Suite - II. Cancion (Louisiana Sinfonietta)

Christopher Lowry "Little Suite for Strings," Opus 27 Louisiana Sinfonietta, cond. Dinos Constantinides I. Introduction and Sonatina II. Canción III. March and Scherzo IV. Rondo "This short suite in four movements draws its inspiration from the string music of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Elgar, and Nielsen, while remaining true to my own American sentiments and compositional voice. The first movement begins with a broad, chorale-like introduction followed by a brief study in sonata form, making a few references to some of my favorite works in this idiom. The second movement is a slow, relatively undeveloped song without words that features short solos for violin, viola, and cello; this movement is dedicated to Perla Fernandez. The ternary third movement features a pompous theme contrasted with a brisk theme excerpted from deleted material from my 'Symphony No. 0.' The main theme of the 'Rondo' is in a spirited 7/8 time, which contrasts the slow, contrapuntal B-theme and the lyrical C-theme. "'Little Suite' was commissioned for and is dedicated to Jennifer Cassin and the Runnels School. The piece was premiered on May 3, 2017, by the Runnels School String Orchestra, under the baton of Régulo Stabilito." Recorded October 7-8, 2017; LSU Recital Hall; Baton Rouge, LA; Engineered and Mixed by Christopher Lowry

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16. "Calm After - Chorale-Fanfare For Orchestra, Opus 23" (Demo; Mix, 11.25.16)

Christopher Lowry "Calm After - Chorale-Fanfare For Orchestra, Opus 23" "This short orchestral piece combines material from a pops concert-opener I wrote over this past summer with material discarded from my 'Symphony No. 0.' Consisting mostly of hymn-like chorales using tertian harmonies, this piece represents the aim to find peace in the wake of tragedy. 'Calm After' is dedicated to all who were affected by the Louisiana Floods of August 2016. "Lasting just over 4 minutes, 'Calm After' is scored for piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 3 percussionists (sharing bass drum, crash and suspended cymbals, tam-tam, triangle, glockenspiel, and tubular bells), harp, piano, and strings."

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17. Celebration Overture (Live with the Curb Youth Symphony - May 2012)

Celebration Overture (Live with the Curb Youth Symphony - May 2012)

Carol Nies leads the Curb Youth Symphony in an energetic performance of my "Celebration Overture." Recorded live, May 7, 2012 in Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music - Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN

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