Allan Crossman has had the great pleasure to write for soloists and ensembles worldwide, including many commissions and awards. Millennium Overture appeared on the eponymous GRAMMY-nominated album from North/South Consonance; Music for Human Choir shared Top Honors at the Waging Peace Through Singing Festival in Oregon; Flyer, for cello solo and string orchestra, was written in 2003 for the centenary of the first Wright Brothers flight and premiered/recorded by the North/South Chamber Orchestra (NYC) under Max Lifchitz, with cellist Nina Flyer. It was a featured piece by the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra at the Society of Composers national conference at Denison University, OH. Florébius, violin/piano, was released by Parma in 2016, with the Eusebius Duo (San Francisco). The musical, The Log of the Skipper’s Wife, was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Co. at Stratford and the Kennedy Center, with music drawn from Irish/Scottish shanties. Canada Council, American Composers Forum and others have supported his work. He taught at Concordia University (Montreal) and the San Francisco Conservatory. Crossman was born into an artistic family in New York City in 1942 and worked with George Rochberg, George Crumb, and Hugo Weisgall at the University of Pennsylvania (Honors BA, MA). His principal piano studies were with Irwin Gelber.

Albums

The Life Before Us

Release Date: April 13, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6153
21st Century
Chamber
Vocal Music
Piano
Voice
Bearing musical witness to the versatile talents of two acclaimed northern California-based composers, THE LIFE BEFORE US combines works from John G. Bilotta and Allan Crossman. Bilotta’s cycle of Yeats Songs, performed by baritone Andrew R. White, highlights five of the poet’s shorter lyrics in predominantly bi-tonal or atonal settings. His collection of Renaissance Songs is based on the work of several Elizabethan poets, including John Donne and Thomas Lodge (whose poem “Rosalynde” was the source of Shakespeare’s As You Like It). They’re brilliantly delivered by tenor Justin Marsh.
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Between The Echoes

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6057
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Guitar
Wind Ensemble
Navona’s latest compilation release, BETWEEN THE ECHOES, showcases selected recent chamber works, expressing the common theme of recollections and interpretations of past experiences. Moving across the spectrums of moods and dramatics, each piece brings a harmonic resolution to its soulful journey. This album joins multiple personalities in a collection of propulsive musical expression.
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