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Strum: Music for Strings

Jessie Montgomery

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1
Starburst
Jessie Montgomery; Unknown Artist; Julian Wachner
3:26
2
Source Code
Jessie Montgomery; Catalyst Quartet
8:44
Break Away  
3
I. Lilting
Jessie Montgomery; PUBLIQuartet
1:16
4
II. Songbird
Jessie Montgomery; PUBLIQuartet
2:21
5
III. Smoke
Jessie Montgomery; PUBLIQuartet
3:33
6
IV. Quick Pass
Jessie Montgomery; PUBLIQuartet
0:41
7
V. Break Away
Jessie Montgomery; PUBLIQuartet
3:16
8
Rhapsody No. 1
Jessie Montgomery; Jessie Montgomery
7:29
9
Banner
Jessie Montgomery; Catalyst Quartet; Unknown Artist; Julian Wachner
9:03
10
Strum
Jessie Montgomery; Catalyst Quartet
6:54
Total Playing Time    46:43
As the title indicates, this debut album from New York-based violinist, composer and music educator Jessie Montgomery is devoted to her music for strings, performed here by Montgomery's ensemble the Catalyst Quartet and the PUBLIQuartet, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Julian Wachner. Drawing on American folk idioms and the spirit of dance and movement, Strum has a kind of narrative that begins with fleeting nostalgia and transforms into ecstatic celebration.

"Originally conceived for a quintet of two violins, viola and two cellos, the voicing is often spread over the ensemble, giving the music an expansive sound. Within Strum I utilized ‘texture motives,' layers of rhythmic or harmonic ostinatos to form a bed of sound for melodies to weave in and out. The strumming pizzicato serves as a ‘texture motive' and the primary driving rhythmic underpinning of the piece."
- Jessie Montgomery
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Azica Records Studio Masters

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