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Return Journey: Sonatas by Stuart Greenbaum - Ensemble Three
The music of Australian composer Stuart Greenbaum offers a breathing space amidst the relentless pressure of the modern world. Grounded in the Western art music tradition but also reaching out to the sound worlds of jazz, pop and mimimalism, it aims to evoke a sense of wonderment, taking the listener beyond the imperatives of everyday living.
“I often conceive of music in terms of journeys. And this often involves
viewing our home planet Earth from a distance and
considering our place in the universe.”
This digital album presents three works from a projected cycle of some 20 sonatas, one for each of the main instruments of the orchestra. Some, like the Sonata for Trombone and Piano and the Sonata for Guitar, are ‘pure’ music, but all are inspired by a sense of connection with, and concern for, the planet Earth, our Solar System and the Universe. Taking scientific discovery as a starting point, the works imagine journeys in time and space: in the case of the Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, a journey to Mars.
Performing these sonatas are the musicians of Ensemble Three, the award-winning Melbourne-based trio lauded as “an inspiring example of forward-thinking classical music culture in Australia”.
STUART GREENBAUM b.1966
Sonata for Trombone and Piano
I. travelling, freely
Sonata for Guitar
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
I. journey to Mars: 6 to 8 months
interlude: the surface
II. return journey
Don Immel trombone
Ken Murray guitar
Joel Brennan trumpet
Konrad Olszewski piano