Noteworthy Sheet Music is delighted to offer contemporary works by the following composers:
Peter H. Bloom
Peter H. Bloom, flute, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), performs diverse chamber music from period-instrument performances to new music premieres. He is also a noted jazz artist. He concertizes widely in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; appears on 35 recordings (Sony Classical, Dorian, Newport Classic, Leo Records, and other labels); and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. He has given lectures, workshops and master classes across the globe on such wide-ranging topics as historical performance, new music, jazz and improvisation. Mr. Bloom has served as historical performance consultant to The American Museum in Britain, The New-York Historical Society, The American Antiquarian Society and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where he has given numerous lecture-demonstrations and recorded for the audio guide to historical woodwinds. A board member of The James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, he holds an MM with distinction in flute performance from New England Conservatory of Music and a BA (philosophy) from Boston University.
Among his many recitals and chamber music concerts, Mr. Bloom has performed for The National Gallery in London, The New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, University of Canberra College of Music (Australia), the Sydney and Southern Highlands Music Society (Australia), the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, Payap University in Chiang Mai (Thailand), The Yale Center for British Art, The Metropolitan Museum, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, The American Musical Instrument Society, The National Flute Association, The Shakespeare Association of America, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, The New York Flute Club, Early Music Boulder Colorado, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Residency at Davidson College, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
As a jazz flutist and saxophonist, Mr. Bloom is a 30-year veteran with the internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (“a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum” - JazzTimes), performing at venues including Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival, Lake George Jazz Weekend, The National Gallery (Washington, DC), Berklee Performance Center, Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar, Institute of Contemporary Art, St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan, Autumn Uprising Festival of New and Improvised Music, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival-New Jazz Series and elsewhere. He has performed with such noted Aardvark guest artists as Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Jay Clayton, and Walter Thompson, and has appeared with Jazz Expansions Orchestra, Composers in Red Sneakers, Underground Composers, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Todd Brunel’s Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music, and FiLmprov (improvised music to the animated films of Kate Matson).
An extensive discography includes recordings for SONY Classical, Dorian, Leo Records, Newport Classic, 9Winds, North Star, Soundjewel and other labels. Mr. Bloom appears with pianist Mary Jane Rupert (the duo “2”) on Navona Records’ new release, Kleemation and Other Works by Elizabeth Vercoe (“one of the most inventive composers working in America today.”). He was executive producer and soloist in D.C. Hall's New Concert and Quadrille Band's recording Grand Concert!, praised by Gramophone: "Clean playing and careful ensemble are the keynote...Hall's Band meets the challenge with precision and spirit." (Dorian, recently re-released on Americas Musicworks). Other recordings include Hall's Band’s Union and Liberty (music of the American Civil War, Dorian), Measure for Measure: Music of Shakespeare's Plays (Ensemble Chaconne with Pamela Dellal, Americas Musicworks), and Take Me Out to the Ballgame (music of baseball 1858-1913, with mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, SONY Classical).Mr. Bloom can be heard on 11 CDs by The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, including the band's acclaimed disc, American Agonistes on Leo Records ("a stunning hour of music that is in turn beautiful, poignant and raucous" -- Billboard.com). With members of Aardvark, he recorded improvised music for the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD series Treasures from the American Film Archives, which The New York Times called “one of the best sets of the year.”
Mr. Bloom's composition Ablaze She Came In The Dream for flute, viola, and guitar was published by NSM in February, 2014; an adaptation for flute, cello, and guitar was created in May, 2016. From the Drawer for tenor or soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and horn was published in November, 2015; a new edition for tenor or soprano and saxophone quartet was published in May, 2016.
In addition, NSM currently offers several arrangements and transcriptions by Mr. Bloom: The Wreck of the Hesperus (Hatton/Longfellow) for tenor, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass; Chaconne (Bach) for solo flute or alto flute; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Schubert) obbligato for alto flute; Romanza Andaluza (Sarasate) for flute, Fantaisie (Saint-Saëns) for flute, Quartet No.1 (Arriaga) for flute, and Sonata, Op.22 (Bauer) for alto flute.
The following CDs featuring Peter H. Bloom are available from NSM: Measure for Measure: the Music of Shakespeare's Plays; Amoroso: The Heartbeat of Brazil; Grand Concert! Dramatic Concert & Ballroom Music Heard in 19th Century America; and Tea-Time Classics.
Walter A. Finlayson (1919-2000)
Biography contributed in Sept. 2017 by Gale Finlayson, daughter of the composer:
Born in Burlington, VT in 1919 (the year of the great influenza epidemic, which took the life of his father), Walter spent his childhood in New Britain, CT with his new "father." There he showed a decided interest in music; he learned drumming in the Boy Scouts and experimented with piano, thanks to a kind neighbor. He learned to twirl a baton with exceptional dexterity, and after the family moved to Katonah, NY, in 1934, he won many talent shows for this skill. Still in high school, he organized a dance band called "The Astronauts" with youth from local high schools. Together with a jazz-loving buddy, he attended many dance band performances in the area, in CT and as far down county as Birdland. It has been claimed that when Walt was only 16 the great Cab Calloway invited him to go on tour with his all-black band; my grandmother declined that offer...
As soon as he graduated from Ithaca College, he enlisted in the US Naval Reserve and was stationed at Newport, RI, while his ship, the ALASKA, was being built. At Newport, he not only played in the USNR dance band, seated next to the already-famous Artie Shaw, but also served as rehearsal conductor for the band and even led a 300-voice military chorus. While aboard ship—as a practical joke—he arranged the Marines' Hymn as a snazzy jazz number!
After the war, he returned to his home town of Katonah where he was offered the job of music teacher at his old high school; this entailed conducting the band, chorus and orchestra. Naturally, with so many eager students at his disposal he began to compose for those various groups. An avid music educator, he inspired many students over the decades to pursue a career in music. When John Jay High School was formed to meet the demands of two growing school populations, he moved to the new campus in 1956 to conduct the band and give music lessons. He remained there until he retired in 1974, but not before he had created a student Dance Band which performed at dances and assemblies to great acclaim. He even collaborated with the head coach to have a class in the Dances of the Big Band Era. CBS news from NYC sent up a crew one year to film students dancing the jitterbug in the gymnasium during their lunch break. Walter remained a Jazz fan all his creative life and sought to inspire successive generations to be the same!
British composer Lydia Kakabadse "is a phenomenon and a virtual reincarnation of an earlier music master and her music is impressively singular" (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music). Lydia lives in the UK and writes mainly chamber and choral music. Her works include string quartets, string duet, songs, musical dramas, a cantata, a concert requiem Mass and choral works for mixed choir, male voices and children's choir. A "very gifted and accessible composer" with "a mastery of counterpoint and a richness of ideas" (Music Web International), Lydia's works have been released on CD under the Naxos and Divine Art labels. Her unique compositional style - "brilliant in respect of writing and musical ideas" (Jazz & Tzaz) - features the double harmonic scale (also known as the Arabic scale) and combines open triads and Gothic features with Middle Eastern traits and rich melody. An avid Latin enthusiast and greatly inspired by Mediaeval music, Lydia has written her own texts in Latin for her choral works and also adapted sacred Latin texts. She also draws inspiration from Greek & Russian Orthodox liturgical traditions, Middle Eastern music and poets of the Romantic era.
Recent commissioned works include I Remember (a choral work for children's choir) commissioned by Forest School (Greater Manchester, UK) for the Bellevue Education Northern Music Festival 2016 and Odyssey (a choral work for SATB with harp accompaniment) commissioned by the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway University of London in celebration of the Hellenic Institute's 25th anniversary in 2018.
A composer from the age of 13 and an accomplished double bass player and pianist whilst still at school, Lydia read music (B.Mus Hons) at Royal Holloway University of London. All her string quartets are scored for violin, viola, cello and double bass, a timbral combination that works well, with the double bass adding a great richness and abundance of colour to the quartet's sonority.
Lydia's works have been broadcast worldwide and have been played on national radio - BBC Radio 3. Her string quartet Russian Tableaux was included in BBC Radio 3's playlist to mark International Women's Day in March 2015 and March 2017. This work was also played at the 3rd Hildegard Festival of Women in the Arts (March 2015) in California. Lydia's compositions have been performed by acclaimed chamber ensembles and choirs, including "sound collective" and the choirs of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge and Clare College Cambridge. Her latest commission Odyssey will be performed next Fall by the Choir of Royal Holloway, considered to be one of the finest mixed voice collegiate choirs in Great Britain.
In recent years, Lydia's works have been performed at numerous UK venues, including St. John's Smith Square London, Grosvenor House London, Ely Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Royal Northern College of Music and various University College chapels.
Lydia also holds a Master's degree in Law (LL.M distinction) and in the past worked as a solicitor [lawyer] to fund her many music projects.
Currently NSM offers two works by Lydia Kakabadse: Russian Tableaux for string quartet, published in September, 2017; and The Song of the Shirt for soprano (or alto flute) and piano, published in August, 2018.