Born in Indianapolis in 1936, John Schlenck graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1957. He served for many years on the musical staff of the Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey Dance Schools. As music director of the Vedanta Society of New York since 1961, Schlenck has composed many songs and a number a larger choral works with Vedantic and other spiritual texts from the world’s great traditions.
While grounded in the Western classical tradition, Schlenck’s compositions sometimes incorporate elements of Indian music. His instrumental works include three symphonies, a clarinet concerto, and numerous chamber and solo compositions.
MEDITATIONS ON INDIAN THEMES: Songs without Words for Flute, Cello, Violin, Guitar & Keyboards
Charla Gulino, flute; ShaunDarius Gottlieb, cello; Rhonni Hallman, violin; Kenton Youngstrom, guitar; John Schlenck, harpsichord and harmonium
Subtle harmonies and counterpoint weave through traditional Indian themes to create exquisite chamber and solo works combining meditative calm with passion and yearning.