Release Date: November 13, 2015
Catalog #: NV6013
Format: Digital & Physical
20th Century
Solo Instrumental
Piano

My Cup Runneth Over

The Complete Piano Works Of R. Nathaniel Dett

R. Nathaniel Dett composer
Clipper Erickson piano

Composer, pianist, teacher, poet, and writer, Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) is regarded as one of the most important musicians in American history, lauded in his lifetime as the first American composer to fuse African American folk idioms with the European art music tradition in a sophisticated way. On his debut album on Navona Records, MY CUP RUNNETH OVER, pianist Clipper Erickson presents the first complete collection of Dett’s piano works, a milestone for American music discography.

From the first time Dett heard Antonín Dvořák’s works performed at Oberlin College, he strived to incorporate African American folk music themes in the highest forms of musical art. The piano suites embrace almost all of the composer’s creative life, from Magnolia, written soon after his graduation from Oberlin, to the Eight Bible Vignettes, written during the last two years of his life. They show a great development, variety and richness of style, and his lyrical gift; truly reflecting his struggles, triumphs, and deepening philosophical interests. Erickson’s performances on this album deliver some of the most significant music of early 20th-century America to the world, reminding us of the prominent role of African American spirituals and folk music in contemporary American art, culture, and philosophy.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
DISC ONE
01 Magnolia, Pt. 1: Pt. 1, Magnolias R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:59
02 Magnolia, Pt. 1: Pt. 1, The Deserted Cabin R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 2:48
03 Magnolia, Pt. 1: Pt. 1, My Lady Love R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:01
04 Magnolia, Pt. 2: Pt. 2, Mammy R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:32
05 Magnolia, Pt. 2: Pt. 2, The Place Where the Rainbow Ends R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 5:26
06 In the Bottoms: I. Prelude. Night R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:57
07 In the Bottoms: II. His Song R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 2:57
08 In the Bottoms: III. Humoresque. Honey R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 1:47
09 In the Bottoms: IV. Barcarolle. Morning R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:49
10 In the Bottoms: IV. Dance. Juba R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 2:03
11 Enchantment: I. Incantation R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:52
12 Enchantment: II. Song of the Shrine R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:29
13 Enchantment: III. Dance of Desire R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:28
14 Enchantment: IV. Beyond the Dream R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 6:00
15 Nepenthe and the Muse R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:19
16 Cinnamon Grove: I. Moderato molto grazioso ma con moto R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 5:14
17 Cinnamon Grove: II. Adagio cantabile R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:50
18 Cinnamon Grove: III. Ritmo moderato e con sentimento – Quasi Gavotte R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:32
19 Cinnamon Grove: IV. Allegretto R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:02
DISC TWO
01 Tropic Winter: I. The Daybreak Charioteer R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 2:06
02 Tropic Winter: II. A Bayou Garden R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 2:45
03 Tropic Winter: III. Mazurka. Pompons and Fans R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:58
04 Tropic Winter: IV. Legend of the Atoll R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:49
05 Tropic Winter: V. To a Closed Casement R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:09
06 Tropic Winter: VI. Noon Siesta R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 1:44
07 Tropic Winter: VII. Parade of the Jasmine Banners R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:11
08 8 Bible Vignettes: No. 1, Father Abraham R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:27
09 8 Bible Vignettes: No. 2, Desert Interlude R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:35
10 8 Bible Vignettes: No. 3, As His Own Soul R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:33
11 8 Bible Vignettes: No. 4, Barcarolle of Tears R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:47
12 8 Bible Vignettes: No. 5, I Am the True Vine R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 2:02
13 8 Bible Vignettes: No. 6, Martha Complained R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 6:28
14 8 Bible Vignettes: No. 7, Other Sheep R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 9:24
15 8 Bible Vignettes: No. 8, Madrigal Divine R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 4:25
16 After the Cakewalk R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:29
17 Cave of the Winds R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 3:00
18 Inspiration Waltzes R. Nathaniel Dett Clipper Erickson, piano 6:08

All Tracks recorded December 4 & 5, 2014 and May 26 & 27, 2015
at Reitstadl, Neumarkt i.d. in Oberpfalz, Germany
Recording Producer, Engineer Dirk Fischer
Piano Technician Leo Niedermayer
Steinway D Concert Grand

Executive Producer Bob Lord

A&R Sam Renshaw

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Production Engineer Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell
Graphic Designer Emily Roulo
Marketing Manager Ethan Fortin

Artist Information

Clipper Erickson

Pianist

Clipper Erickson made his debut at age nineteen in Los Angeles as soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, followed by studies at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Indiana University, where he trained with the renowned British pianist John Ogdon. Erickson has won top prizes at international competitions and performs as soloist with orchestras throughout the US, as well as recitalist in venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space in New York.

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