Newton D Strandberg – “Essays and Sketches”
“Magic Mirror” is the second volume of composer Marty Regan's series of “Selected Works for Japanese Instruments”, featuring a collection of works composed for traditional Japanese instrumentation with a Western-trained ear. Through the combination of his traditional classical education and intensive studies of Japanese music and culture, Regan explores the cross-cultural exchange between Eastern and Western traditions, blending the two into a dynamic sound that pushes the Japanese instruments to the very brink of their musical boundaries.
“Essays and Sketches” are Works by American composer Newton D Strandberg (1921-2001), featuring performances by orchestras and ensembles from around the globe. The four pieces on this recording serve as an astute collection of Standberg's output as a composer. More than a musical release alone, “Essays and Sketches” serves as a retrospective of Strandberg's prolific career, housing a collection of writings, visual art, scores, and more, all compiled by Strandberg's peers, students, and admirers from Sam Houston State University.