sonatas & soli of Alan Beeler

Ladislav Bilan vibraphone

Jan Dvořák Bassoon

Petr Hladík Flute

Aleš Janeček Clarinet

LUcie Kaucká Piano

Jiří Král Tuba

Vit Mužík Violin

Dalibor Procházka Bass Trombone

Karolina Rojahn Piano 

Jennifer Slowick English Horn, Oboe




FOREVER BEELER represents a sampling of composer Alan Beeler’s prolific output throughout his musical career, which is generally defined by his commitment to compositional craft and structural clarity. The works featured on this album also reveal a playfulness lying just under the surface of Beeler’s compositional perspective. This quality of Beeler’s music is most notable in the seven sonatas for piano, often accompanied by another instrument, included in FOREVER BEELER.


Here, Beeler crafts engaging conversations between the players at his disposal – he employs a great deal of imitative writing and a more roaming style than in the more concise works on this album. A particularly clear example of Beeler’s fluid sense of style occurs in the second movement of his Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, which is dominated by a subtle “swing” characteristic as well as the “cakewalk rhythm” popular in early twentieth century ragtime music.


One of the most deeply intriguing works in FOREVER BEELER is the Three Early Pieces for Piano, which ranks among the first music Beeler formally composed and published. These short pieces exemplify the directness of Beeler’s compositional voice, as they clearly develop and resolve a singular musical idea. In addition to being succinct, finely crafted piano miniatures, they stand as evidence to this album’s unique offerings to listeners.


It is extremely rare to have this kind of longitudinal representation of a composer’s career available in an individual recording. The collection is even more valuable because, despite his indomitable and specific approach to composition, Beeler’s oeuvre is filled with nuance, all of which stands out in FOREVER BEELER.


This album is also marked by the way it testifies to the creative conditions of the mid-twentieth century, when Beeler emerged as a composer. The many aforementioned sonatas featured on FOREVER BEELER, for example, suggest the composer’s abiding interest in the forms and styles of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Yet, piano works like the Twelve-Tone Quartal Etude indicate Beeler was not only subject to a variety of stylistic influences, but also extremely skilled in fulfilling their aesthetic mandates.




Beeler’s compositional voice is generally consistent, but departs from its mainstream in specific and notable ways


Beeler shines in the clarity of his musical materials – his works excel at conveying the significance of their particulars parameters (i.e. melodies, rhythms, textures) to their overall structures


The album compiles the remainder of Beeler’s previously unrecorded works, serving as a memorial to the late composer


Beeler taught music theory, composition, and oboe at Washington University and Eastern Kentucky University, where he was Professor of Music Theory and Composition. His many compositions include works for solo piano, chorus, chamber ensemble, string orchestra, full orchestra, and voice




My Identity Suite, Beeler’s Fit ‘06, and 12 Tone Quartal Etude

Recorded October 2012 at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA


Recording Session Producer Andy Happel

Recording Session Engineer Tom Stephenson


Multi-Tonal Suite Recorded July 9 2014 at Reduta Hall in Olomouc Czech Republic


Recording Session Producer Vit Mužík

Recording Session Engineer Zdeněk Slavotínek


Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano, Sonata de Camera for Bassoon and Piano, Sonata for Clarinet & Piano, and 3 Early Pieces for Solo Piano

Recorded October 14, 2015 at Reduta Hall in Olomouc Czech Republic


Recording Session Producer Vit Mužík

Recording Session Engineer Aleš Dvořák


Oboe Sonata, English Horn Sonata Recorded June 17, 2013 at Futura in Roslindale MA


Recording Session Producer Andy Happel

Recording Session Engineer John Weston


Sonata for Tuba & Piano, Flute and Piano Sonata Recorded March 2, 2016 at Reduta Hall in Olomouc CZ


Recording Session Producer Vit Mužík

Recording Session Enginner Pavel Kuncar



Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Editing, Mixing Shaun Michaud, Andy Happel

Mastering Shaun Michaud, Lucas Paquette

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Design Emily Roulo

Marketing Scott Murphy

















Release Date: March 10, 2017

Catalog #: NV6085





Sonata for Clarinet & Piano

Aleš Janeček clarinet

Lucie Kaucká piano


1  I.

2  II.

3  III.


Something More Cheerful Suite -

Variations on a Well-Known Tune

Ladislav Bilan vibraphone


4  I.

5 IIa. & IIb.

6  III.

7  IV.

8  V.


Flute & Piano Sonata

Petr Hladík flute

Lucie Kaucká piano


9  I.

10 II.

11 III.


My Identity Suite

Karolina Rojahn piano


12  I.

13  II.

14  III.


English Horn Sonata

Jennifer Slowick English horn

Karolina Rojahn piano


15  I.

16  II.

17  III.


Multi-Tonal Suite

Karolina Rojahn piano


18  I. Arpeggios & cords Using Conflicting Major Triads

19  II. Waltz

20  III. Turns, Triads & the Octatonic Scale

21  IV. Meandering Major & Augmented Triads

22  V. Major & Minor Triads Together

23  VI. Arpeggiated Non-Dominant Seventh Chords

24  VII. Expanding Chromatic Neighboring Tones

25  VIII. Contracting Minor Triads


Oboe Sonata

Jennifer Slowick oboe

Karolina Rojahn piano


26  I.

27  II.

28  III.


3 Early Pieces for solo Piano

Lucie Kaucká piano


29  I. Piano Piece No. 1

30  II. Piano Piece No. 2

31  III. Piano Piece No. 3


Sonata de Camera

Jan Dvořák bassoon

Lucie Kaucká piano 


32  I. French Overture

33  II. Chaconne

34  III. Alla Concerto


35  Beeler’s Fit ’06

Karolina Rojahn piano


Sonatas for Bass Trombone and Piano

Dalibor Procházka bass trombone   

Lucie Kaucká piano


36  I.

37  II. Adagio

38  III. Finale


Piano Sonata

Karolina Rojahn piano


39  I.

40  II.

41  III.

42  IV.


The Octatonic Tuba - Sonata for Tuba and Piano

Lucie Kaucká piano

Jiří Král tuba


43  I.

44  II.

45  III.

46  IV.


47 12-Tone Quartal Etude

Karolina Rojahn piano




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