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Nights Transfigured

by Aaron Larget-Caplan

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danlippel A great collection that is a wonderful documentation of the laudable work Aaron does with composers expanding the repertoire and broadening the aesthetics of the instrument. Beautifully played and produced! Favorite track: Reva's Lullaby by Vineet Shende.
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    Music of the New Lullaby Project, Volume One
    Fifteen 21st-century works for solo guitar.
    Commissioned, curated, and edited by Aaron Larget-Caplan
    Published by the American Composers Alliance in association with ALC Publishing

    CONTENTS
    3 Francine Trester – my darling’s slumber
    6 Agustín Castilla-Ávila – Perseiden
    10 Stephanie Ann Boyd – Esperanza
    15 Carson Cooman – Unfolding the Gates of Dawn
    18 Scott Wheeler – Nachtlied
    23 Alan Fletcher – Lullaby in Three Voices
    27 Thomas L. Read – The Moon Through The Window Shines Down
    31 Patricia Julien – After Many Days Without Rain
    34 Barnaby Oliver – The Pillow That You Dream On
    36 David Leisner – Disturbed, A Lullaby
    41 John McDonald – You Are Alone To Sleep
    45 David McMullin – Sleeping Light, Spinning World
    48 Vineet Shende – Reva’s Lullaby
    52 Eric Schwartz – Song Softly Sung, in Trying Times
    54 Demetrius Spaneas – A Child Sings at Thanksgiving

    Studio Recordings can be found on Bandcamp:
    New Lullaby (2010) – Aaron Larget-Caplan
    Nights Transfigured (2020) – Aaron Larget-Caplan

    Curator's note (excerpt):

    The solos found in this first volume give an introduction to the more than 60 compositions written between 2006-2020 by over 50 composers from nine countries. Volume one contains compositions from Austria, Australia and the USA, and have lullabies inspired by composers’ children, song and the intimacy of singing to another, the end of night, poetry, longing for sleep, our troubled times, and of course, the melding of stars and moonbeams. On a theoretical level there are a variety of musical languages: tonal, 12-tone, contrapuntal, North Indian, First Nation, additive, minimalist, and quasi-improvisational. A few will stand out for their use of extended techniques, only three require scordatura, and harmonics abound!

    These compositions assert that the sonic boundaries of the guitar are only limited by the composer’s imagination and physical abilities of the player. Whether a student, amateur, or professional there is a lullaby for you.

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    Music of the New Lullaby Project, Volume Two
    Sixteen 21st-century works for solo guitar.
    Commissioned, curated, and edited by Aaron Larget-Caplan

    Published by the American Composers Alliance In association with ALC Music Publishing.

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    3 Francine Trester Lullaby for Our Time
    5 Anthony R. Green Counting Backwards
    9 Charles Turner White Potatoes
    12 Stefanie Lubkowski Drifting
    17 Garrett Ian Shatzer Lullaby for D---
    20 Ken Ueno Ed è Subito Sera
    26 Jim Dalton A World of Your Own
    30 Jacob Mashak Lulubye
    32 John McDonald Upward
    34 Martin Max Schreiner A Lullaby in Restless Times
    37 Thomas Schuttenhelm Wiegenlied (Cradle Song)
    40 Lynn Job The Sixth Night
    43 Jonathan Feist No Time & Leaky Roof
    47 Nolan Stolz Lullaby for Sam
    50 Roger Éon Berceuse

    Comments
    There are lullabies born from a poem (Dalton/Shatzer/Ueno), a story (Éon), and from a musical (Turner). There is Adam and Eve’s first lullaby (Job), one written during a lecture (McDonald), and another was inspired by a leaky roof (Feist). Some soothe us steadily (Schuttenhelm), while we drift between worlds as our heads nod off (Lubkowski/Green). A couple acknowledge the struggles of our time (Schreiner/Trester), and others offer touches of love and hope (Feist/Stolz). Some lullabies reflect humanity, others testify to a memory and affirmation of a time passed by, while a gorgeous 12-tone lullaby (Mashak) sits quietly to be discovered.

    Though they lean tonal, the compositional languages vary greatly. Except for a few pieces, the tuning remains mostly standard, but one does asks that you tune on the fly. There are string pulls and some technical challenges, but don’t worry, harmonics of all types abound. My hope is that you will create your own relationships with the music, so I have not added fingerings. Those that do include fingerings or string directions are by the composer.

    For Recordings (all compositions are recorded):
    New Lullaby
    The Legend of Hagoromo (Ueno)
    Nights Transfigured
    Drifting

    * All issued by Stone Records as of August 6, 2021. Streaming/downloads everywhere. CDs only on Bandcamp at: alcguitar.bandcamp.com
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Tonight Just In the other room A phone call away A smile on your screen Waves from afar Memento And memory A letter, cherished Unfolds as you dream And all that’s been And come before Comes to you now Softly knocks At the door Here, calling Pulled from the air From a distance now Gently Pulls up a chair And bedside Close In the widening dark The story begins The whispered word So quiet Remote Almost imagined Almost and always Held and heard --Francine Trester © 2020
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about

This is the 2nd album dedicated to compositions premiered since 2007 for my New Lullaby Project.

On the 2010 album New Lullaby, the first volume of the New Lullaby Project, a distinction between warm and dark lullabies was clear. I organized the album to move loosely from warm to dark to silent, but in ‘Nights Transfigured’ each possess soupçons of melancholy, shadows of warmth, and inward contemplations, reflecting the times when they were created, between 2011-2020.

They are lullabies of passage and being, longing and loneliness, marking time, memory, and yet these sonorous landscapes are also inhabited by warmth, hope, and peace. They are life.

We have magical wordless sounds organized by humans as drops of ink on a page and played on a golden instrument of heaven in my arms that can transport us from one world to another and transfigure nights, when we only but listen.

Lorca wrote that each moonlit night is identical to another, yet distinct. In other words: a lullaby is a lullaby, but each lullaby is its own.

Dream well,

Aaron Larget-Caplan
ALCGuitar.com

NOTE: Scores for many of the works on the album can be found in the anthology 'Nights Transfigured, Vol. 1 of the New Lullaby Project' published by the American Composers Alliance.
Visit the Merch page to purchase: alcguitar.bandcamp.com/merch

credits

released November 6, 2020

Special thanks to Steve Hunt, Caroline Larget, Alex Fedorov, Jeffrey Means, and Gina Genova
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Produced and Edited by Aaron Larget-Caplan
Mixed and Mastered by Steve Hunt at The Kitchen, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA
Recorded and Edited between Aug. 15-Sep. 27 2020
At L’atelier d’artiste Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Publishers: American Composers Alliance (3,9); Composers (1,2,5,6,10,11,13,14)
David McMullin Music (8); Fenmoir (12); Hody Musique (7); Julien Music Publishing (4)
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Photograph of Aaron Larget-Caplan @ 2016 Catherine Larget-Caplan. Booklet notes @ 2020 Aaron Larget-Caplan
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Graphic design: Alex Fedorov
Printed in the USA
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Guitar: Olivier Fanton D’Andon, 2009 • Strings: Hannabach
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This album is dedicated to mi sueño Catherine.

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Aaron Larget-Caplan Boston, Massachusetts

Aaron Larget-Caplan – has premiered over 85 compositions, and directs and curates the New Lullaby Project and ¡Con Fuego!
His arrangements and recording of the music of JOHN CAGE are issued by Edition Peters and Stone Records are the first to be sanctioned by the estate.
He has 8 solo albums, and the first of his own compositions ‘honey cadence’ was released in April 2022.
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