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Citizen

Bruce Levingston

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1
American Citizen
Nolan Gasser; Bruce Levingston
10:00
3 Visions  
2
No. 2, Summerland
William Grant Still; Bruce Levingston
4:53
Mazurkas, Op. 6  
3
Mazurka in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 6 No. 2
Frédéric Chopin; Bruce Levingston
3:11
Mazurkas, Op. 24  
4
Mazurka in C Major, Op. 24 No. 2
Frédéric Chopin; Bruce Levingston
2:31
Mazurkas, Op. 17  
5
Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17 No. 4
Frédéric Chopin; Bruce Levingston
6:00
Accumulation of Purpose  
6
I. Reveille
David T. Little; Bruce Levingston
4:19
7
II. Ride
David T. Little; Bruce Levingston
1:28
8
III. Reveille
David T. Little; Bruce Levingston
0:47
9
IV. Accumulation of Purpose
David T. Little; Bruce Levingston
4:12
10
V. Reveille
David T. Little; Bruce Levingston
1:02
11
VI. Nocturne
David T. Little; Bruce Levingston
3:17
3 Pieces "Locations in Time"  
12
No. 1, Other
Augusta Gross; Bruce Levingston
2:57
13
No. 2, Elegy
Augusta Gross; Bruce Levingston
4:08
14
No. 3, Toward Night
Augusta Gross; Bruce Levingston
5:06
Sacred Spaces  
15
I. Prelude & Chaconne
C. Price Walden; Bruce Levingston
8:59
16
II. Hymn (This World Is My Home)
C. Price Walden; Bruce Levingston
5:13
17
Amazing Grace (arr. P. Walden for piano)
Traditional; C. Price Walden; Bruce Levingston
3:22
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:25
"The genesis of this recording was an invitation to perform for the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, an event which inspired me to meditate on the complex history of my birthplace, Mississippi. A storied, culturally-rich state, it has produced some of our country’s most important artists—including William Faulkner, B.B. King, Leontyne Price, and Eudora Welty—but is also a place that has witnessed notably painful struggles with race, poverty, and equality. The scars are painful and deep. Here, among our colleges, churches, cotton fields and battlefields, contradictions abound. These disparate, but related, elements have long absorbed and confounded artists born in this mystical place.

In recent years, I have come to see that my beloved state only reveals more intensely what exists in other places in our world: the struggle for people to come to terms with one another’s histories and differences. In this time of turmoil between peoples and nations, focused on issues of citizenship and patriotism, we continue this struggle. I chose to name this album “Citizen,” not only because it contains works that reflect upon actual citizenship and human rights, but also to highlight that we are all citizens of one earth, and in order to survive, we must find ways to respect one another’s differences, and strongly uphold each other’s right to exist with dignity and freedom.

On this recording, I have gathered together works by composers who have contemplated these issues deeply. The voices of these artists plead for civility, humanity, and love, and each brings a sense of immediacy to the cause—offering not a clenched fist, but an open hand that reaches out with a welcoming embrace."
- Bruce Levingston

Pianist Bruce Levingston is one of the country’s leading figures in contemporary classical music. He regularly appears in some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Royal Opera House of London. Many of today’s most important composers have written music for him and his performances of their works have won notable critical acclaim. The New York Times has praised his “mastery of color and nuance” and The New Yorker has called him “a force for new music.”

Levingston is founder and artistic director of the music foundation Premiere Commission, Inc., which has commissioned and premiered over sixty new works, and is the author of Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull, the comprehensive biography and survey of the work of the noted Southern painter.
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