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I. ARNOLD J. FRIEDMAN
ORIGINAL SCORES & RECORDINGS
Solo, Voice, Ensemble, Orchestra
Blue Horizon
Composed by Arnold Friedman
Performed live: Cleveland Duo & James Umble


Composed for Steve and Carolyn Warner of the Cleveland Orchestra. This work is inspired by the suffusion of Blues in contemporary life. A demanding showpiece for saxophonist James Umble. Blue Horizon begins with an exploration of the expressive potential of blue notes and builds to a virtuosic climax. The rhythmic construction weaves together Fibonacci numbers within the traditional Blues structure.

Boston skyline photographed by Richard Melde
Study After Ezra Sims
Composed by Arnold Friedman
Performed live by Arnold Friedman, cello


Composed for the Boston Microtonal Society. Uses 72-tone equal temperament. Friedman has premiered microtonal compositions with the Boston Microtonal Society at MIT in Cambridge, with Dinosaur Annex at Boston University, and with other Boston concert series. He lectures frequently on world tuning systems, including microtonality. Study After Ezra Sims was composed for and premiered at the Boston Microtonal Society's 72nd Birthday Celebration for Sims at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It uses an 18-tone to the octave scale which, when transposed to different pitch centers, yields microtonal gradations of twelfth tones, and a 72-tone octave.
Four Short Piano Preludes
Composed by Arnold Friedman
Performed live by Alla Cohen


David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music.
1. Tribute
2. Ghost Canon
3. Scherzo
4. In Memoriam R.B.
Notes To Self
Composed by Arnold Friedman
Performed live by Peter Cokkinias


David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music.
Transcendence-Meditation
Composed by Arnold Friedman
Performed live by Triple Helix Piano Trio


Composed for Boston's Triple Helix Piano Trio. A personal reflection on the death of a loved one. The dynamic never rises above sotto voce. Lois Shapiro, Wellesley College, piano. Bayla Keyes, Boston University, violin. Rhonda Ryder, Boston Conservatory, cello. The performance capped off Triple Helix's annual residency at Berklee, which is organized by Arnold Friedman.
Between Us Now
Composed by Arnold Friedman
Mark McSweeney, baritone
Timothy Steele, piano


The poem by Thomas Hardy captures a relationship at the peak of crisis, and a fateful choice, reflected by rushing lines in the piano and fervent vocal writing. Baritone Mark McSweeney is a large presence in the New England vocal world, and has recorded for Harmonia Mundi and Koch Records. Pianist Timothy Steele teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music, and works as pianist and conductor for the Boston Lyric Opera and the Wolf Trap Opera. Other poets Friedman has set include E.E. Cummings, Randall Jarrell, and Henry David Thoreau.
Psalm 130 Score
Composed by Arnold Friedman

A song of Ascents.
Out of the depths have I called Thee, O Lord.
Lord, hearken unto my voice;
Let Thine ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
For with Thee there is forgiveness,
That Thou mayest be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait,
And in His Word do I hope.
My soul waiteth for the Lord,
More than watchmen for the morning;
Yea, more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is plenteous redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all its iniquities.
Upon Awakening
Composed by Arnold Friedman

Upon Awakening
Composed by Arnold Friedman, 1998
for the UNT University Symphony Orchestra
Ronn Cummings, Conductor

II. ARNOLD J. FRIEDMAN
ITALIAN PRODUCTIONS
Live Italian National Public Radio
with Arnold Friedman
Rai Giornale Radio, GR3 del 27/03/2014 13:45

Arnold Friedman discusses his Concerto Grosso performances in Italy. The work features numerous soloists and two youth orchestras.
Ann Stupay, violin, Rome Opera;
Naomi Barlow, viola, formerly Berlin Phil;
Arnold Friedman, violoncello, Boston;
Richard Melde, contrabbasso, Boston;
Il Centro Sperimentale Musicale Per L'Infanzia.
Concerto Grosso-3rd Movement Excerpt
Composed by Arnold Friedman
CeSMI Youth Orchestras
Chiesa de Santa Maria de Verita
Viterbo, Italy
March 23rd, 2014
Rome musicians


III. CALUMET STRING QUINTET
LIVE BOSTON RADIO
& THE DISCOVERY SERIES
Live WGBH Boston Radio
Featuring Calumet Quintet
String Quintet in A minor Op 9 (1862)
Karl Goldmark (1830-1915, Vienna)
Zoia Bologovsky, Violin
Rohan Gregory, Violin
Anne Black, Viola
Arnold Friedman, Cello
Richard Melde, Contrabbasso

I. Allegro molto
II. Andante con moto-Allegro moderato
III. Allegro molto
IV. Andante sostenuto-Allegro

The String Quintet in A minor, op. 9, dates from 1862. A work of symphonic scope, it stands firmly in the Germanic chamber music tradition of Schumann, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. The first movement has a yearning quality produced by the strategic placement of rests on strong beats. A serene feeling suffuses the chorale-like opening of the second movement, but the reverie is occasionally broken by a quick stepping march. The third movement is a sturdy scherzo with a gruff theme in the lower instruments dialoguing with the lightly tripping violins. The mysterious chromatic opening of the last movement recalls Brahms' piano quintet, and leads to a spirited finale.
Live WGBH Boston Radio
Calumet Quintet with Mezzo Soprano D'Anna Fortunato
Il Tramonto, by Ottorino Respighi
Zoia Bologovsky, Violin
Rohan Gregory, Violin
Anne Black, Viola
Arnold Friedman, Cello
Richard Melde, Contrabbasso

Ms. Fortunato, a faculty member of the New England Conservatory in Boston, is an admired favorite on the American orchestral-concert scene and a respected operatic artist as well. Respighi's skills as a violist and violinist find expression in the clarity and luminescence of the string writing in Il Tramonto. Ottorino Respighi's Il Tramonto dates from 1914. The text, a translation of Shelley's tragic romance The Sunset, makes a perfect foil for the composer's expressionistic chromaticism. Bassist Richard Melde, cellist Arnold Friedman, violinists Zoia Bologovsky and Rohan Gregory, and violist Anne Black.
Calumet Quintet Presents The Discovery Series I
Concerto in G major, TWV 51: G9
Calumet Quintet with Patricia McCarty, viola
Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann
Live at Rabb Lecture Hall
Boston Public Library

Ms. McCarty has performed worldwide as soloist with such orchestras as the Houston Symphony and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Formerly the Assistant Principal Violist with the Boston Symphony, she is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory. Georg Philipp Telemann's concerto is one of the earliest for the viola. It is in the four-movement form of a Sonata di Chiesa, and features inventive counterpoint between the viola and the accompanying ensemble. The Calumet Quintet includes bassist Richard Melde, cellist Arnold Friedman, violinists Zoia Bologovsky and Rohan Gregory, and violist Anne Black.
Calumet Quintet Presents The Discovery Series II
Nocturne, Op 40
Composed by Antonin Dvorak
Calumet Quintet
Live at Rabb Lecture Hall
Boston Public Library

Antonin Dvorak's Nocturne, Op. 40, originally was the second movement of his String Quintet in G major, Op. 18. He omitted it from the Quintet, and published it later for string orchestra, adding a brief introduction. This performance is of the original quintet version. In the dark and rather unusual key of B major, it begins as a gentle meditation over a very extended pedal tone in the double bass, eventually moving to a serene cadence.

The Calumet Quintet includes bassist Richard Melde, cellist Arnold Friedman, violinists Zoia Bologovsky and Rohan Gregory, and violist Anne Black.
Calumet Quintet Presents The Discovery Series IV
Asteroid Dance
Calumet Quintet
Composed by Arnold Friedman
Live at Rabb Lecture Hall
Boston Public Library

Asteroid Dance was composed for a series of young people's concerts funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant. It uses irregular rhythms and floating harmonies to evoke dancing in the zero gravity of outer space. Ethereal harmonics and crisp pizzicato enhance its atmosphere.

This performance was part of the Calumet Quintet's Discovery Series at the Boston Public Library. The series featured new and rarely-heard chamber works, many discovered in the BPL's own collection of music manuscripts and out-of-print editions dating back to the early nineteenth century. The Discovery Series featured as guests some of Boston's most distinguished musicians including Patricia McCarty and D'Anna Fortunato.

IV. ARNOLD J. FRIEDMAN
POP ARRANGEMENTS
Swing Orchestra
Begin The Beguine
Arranged by Arnold Friedman
Live at International Place - Boston
Didi Stewart-Vocals
Calumet All Star Orchestra
Directed by Arnold Friedman
Produced by Richard Melde
Red Hot and Blue
Arranged by Arnold Friedman
Live at International Place - Boston
Didi Stewart-Vocals
Calumet All Star Orchestra
Directed by Arnold Friedman
Produced by Richard Melde
It Dont Mean a Thing
Arranged by Arnold Friedman
Ritz Carlton of Boston - New Year's Eve Ball
Sophia Bilides-Vocals
Calumet Sounds Orchestra
Produced by Richard Melde

V. MELDE & FRIEDMAN DUO
Contrabbasso & Violoncello
Duo for Cello and Bass
by Franz Joseph Haydn
Basilica San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, Roma
Divertimento in re maggiore per baryton trio
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
Transcribed for cello and bass by Klauss Stoll,
Berlin Philharmonic, principal bass
Arnold Friedman, Violoncello
Richard Melde, Contrabbasso
June 15, 2014, Ore 20:00
Sonata No 6 in G Major, Adagio
Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739, Venice)
Richard Melde, Contrabbasso
Arnold Friedman, Violoncello
Luigi Laterza, Tastiera
Chiesa de Santa Maria de Verita
Viterbo, Italy
March 23rd, 2014
Sonata No 6 in G Major, Allegro
Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739, Venice)
Richard Melde, Contrabbasso
Arnold Friedman, Violoncello
Luigi Laterza, Tastiera
Chiesa de Santa Maria de Verita
Viterbo, Italy
March 23rd, 2014
Sonata opus 20 no. 2, Allegro
Michel Corrette (1707-1795, Paris)
Arnold Friedman, Violoncello Richard Melde, Contrabbasso Jonathan Wessler, Baroque Organ


Saint Paul's Church, Cambridge, MA.
Sonata opus 20 no. 2, Aria
Michel Corrette (1707-1795, Paris)
Arnold Friedman, Violoncello Richard Melde, Contrabbasso Jonathan Wessler, Baroque Organ


Saint Paul's Church, Cambridge, MA.
Sonata opus 20 no. 2, Stacatto
Michel Corrette (1707-1795, Paris)
Arnold Friedman, Violoncello Richard Melde, Contrabbasso Jonathan Wessler, Baroque Organ


Saint Paul's Church, Cambridge, MA.


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