Paul Osterfield
Release Date: November 11, 2014

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The Blakemore Trio | Carolyn Huebl, violin; Felix Wang, cello; Amy Dorfman, piano;
Caleb Harris, piano; Michael Jorgensen, violin; Andrea Dawson, violin; Angela DeBoer, horn; Lynn Rice-See, piano

From the serenity of the Smoky Mountains to the abstraction and boldness of Kandinsky's paintings, composer Paul Osterfield's debut solo Navona Records album SOUND AND FURY pulls inspiration from several experiences which the composer translates into refined, stimulating, and expressive chamber pieces.

Osterfield writes many of his pieces for particular performers and ensembles, giving his music unique personalities that reflect the virtuosic capabilities of the musicians. Sound and Fury, written for the Blakemore Trio, uses ornate passages and driving rhythms with soaring lyrical melodies, while Etudes for Piano, Book 1, written for pianist Caleb Harris, demonstrates various technical faculties such as parallel chords, syncopated rhythms, and blazing strings of notes. Works such as Smoky Mountain Autumn and Kandinsky Images depict the imagery of the natural landscapes of East Tennessee and the intense, often dark, and striking expressions of the painter's pieces.

Paul Osterfield is Professor of Music at Middle Tennessee State University, having earned degrees from Cornell University, Indiana University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Click here to watch an interview with Osterfield about SOUND AND FURY and his compositional process, produced by D.G. Hammons.

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