As this issue went to press, the composer was anticipating the release of a new CD by TNC Recordings, a Troppe Note/Cambria Release.
Eva Legêne and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, under the direction of Steven Smith, introduced Concerto for Recorder and Chamber Orchestra January 21, 2007, at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, Berea, OH.
Gerald Plain was born in 1940 in the small community of Sacramento, KY. His principal studies in composition were with Ross Lee Finney and Leslie Bassett at the University of Michigan. He taught at DePaul and Roosevelt Universities in Chicago, IL, before being awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship in composition in 1974. After two years in Rome, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. His violin concerto was awarded the Prince Pierre of Monaco Prize in composition in 1980, and, in 1988, he received the Charles Ives Fellowship in Composition of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In 2001, the same institution awarded him an Academy Award in Music. Orchestras that have performed his music include The Radio-Television Orchestra of Rome; symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville, Monte Carlo, and Milwaukee; Brooklyn Philharmonia; Civic Orchestra of Chicago; Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston; and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. His music reflects his early exposure to folk music through his parents and his grandfather Salmon; also evident is his passionate interest in playing the pedal steel guitar as an adolescent.
Clawhammer was presented on April 9, 2006, by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony under the direction of Stephen Smith, Berea, OH.
Clawhammer, Cleveland Chamber Symphony conducted by Edwin London; TUC Recordings, TNL CD-1510 (3 CD Set), A Troppe Note/Cambria Release.