Rick Sowash | Fantasia on Shenandoah for string quartet

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Fantasia on Shenandoah for string quartet

by Rick Sowash

My Fantasia on Shenandoah for string quartet develops and explores the folk song "Shenandoah", probably the most beautiful of all American folk songs. Like all my music, this piece is tonal, melodic, "tune-driven," accessible and American-sounding.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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Rick Sowash, 60, ASCAP member, lives by his wits:  composing, publishing sheet music and producing CDs of his original compositions, as well as writing books about Ohio which he also publishes. He has concentrated on writing chamber music and choral music; his newest major work, a clarinet concerto, is one of only a half dozen works scored for orchestra.  His works are broadcast on many American classical music stations and his books are widely used in Ohio's schools. 
Rick’s music comprised the film score of the public television documentary:  "Ohio: 200 Years," produced by Ken Burns' company Florentine Films.  His Clarinet Quintet was premiered in Paris in 1996 by the celebrated French clarinetist Lucien Aubert, for whom it was specially written .  Two of his fifteen trios for clarinet, cello and piano were performed by the Riviera-based trio "les Gavottes" at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 and were later recorded by the same musicians on a CD entitled "Enchantement d'avril."  His Concerto for Cello with Strings and Clarinet was premiered in Carnegie Hall in April, 2007.  His Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra was given its European premiere in St. Petersburg in June, 2010. Rick is currently writing a series of sacred motets for the Harvard University Choir to perform in worship services in the Appleton Chapel on the Harvard campus.


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