Release Date: September 1, 2013
Catalog #: NV5927
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
String Quartet


Evocative Chamber Works

Sarah Wallin Huff composer
Kjell Magne Andersen composer
Vera Ivanova composer
Christopher Dietz composer
Timothy Dwight Edwards composer

The chamber ensemble format has historically been able to intimately interpret works with a variety of emotional nuance, and retains flexibility to perform music with myriad influences. ALLUSIONS, an album of evocative chamber works, showcases the expressive and interpretive abilities of contemporary composition and features works by five composers: Christopher Dietz’s La fleur du ciel, with a broad harmonic palette inspired by Camus’ The Stranger, and Quintet No. 2, driven by movement and individualism; Kjell Magne Andersen’s Suite for Oboe and Piano, a melodic and vivacious work lending itself to interpretation; Sarah Wallin Huff’s Anima Mechanicae: Soul of the Machine, a musical tale of a computer program gifted with human emotion; Timothy Edwards’ The Conjecture, a dynamic, gestural, and rhythmic work of contrasting moods, and Vera Ivanova’s Three Studies in Uneven Meters, a dedication to the composer’s influences and an homage to their styles.


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Artist Information

Sarah Wallin Huff

Sarah Wallin Huff


Sarah Wallin Huff is a music lecturer at California Polytechnic University of Pomona, teaching “History of Technology in Music,” for which she published an original textbook with Great River Learning in 2019. She received her M.A. in Music Composition at Claremont Graduate University in 2008, and was the Professor of Composition and Advanced Theory — as well as conductor of the Chamber Ensemble — at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita from 2012-2016.

Kjell Magne Andersen


Musician and composer Kjell Magne Andersen, was born in 1954. At the age of ten he began to play guitar and later he was presented with the clarinet. He received his musical education from Barratt Due's Music Institute in Oslo, with clarinet as his primary instrument.

Vera Ivanova


Vera Ivanova (b. 1977, Moscow, Russia) graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (Honours Diploma), Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (M.M. with distinction), and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D. in Composition). Her works have been performed in Russia, Europe and the United States. Her teaching positions include Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the Setnor School of Music of Syracuse University, Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University (current).

Christopher Dietz


The music of Christopher Dietz (b. 1977) has been recognized by honors and awards from Copland House, Canada's Banff Centre and National Arts Centre, the Camargo Foundation, ASCAP's Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions and Composer Institute, the League of Composers/ISCM Orchestral Competition, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, the Riverside Symphony Composer Reading Project (NYC), North/South Consonance (NYC), the Chicago Ensemble's Discover America competition, the Utah Arts Festival's Orchestral Commission Prize, the NewMusic@ECU festival, as well as numerous academic scholarships and fellowships.

Timothy Dwight Edwards


Timothy Dwight Edwards (b. 1962) was born in Ferndale, Michigan. His solo, choral and chamber music combines rhythmic, avant-garde, jazz and contrapuntal elements that cross boundaries between musical genres, often including electronic elements to explore and extend the sound palette of the other instruments. His works have been performed by numerous ensembles including Eighth Blackbird, Dal Niente, the Lincoln Trio, Pinotage, New York Virtuoso Singers, Cube Ensemble, The Contemporary Chamber Players and many others.