Recorded on 07/19/2005, uploaded on 01/16/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Koshkin (b. 1956) studied composition with Dmitri Shostakovich, but has gained
notoriety mostly through his work as a performer and composer of music for the
classical guitar. Usher Valse was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's short story The Fall of the House of Usher, in which
the character Usher is accustomed to improvising wild variations of Weber's Last Waltz on the guitar. Koshkin succeeds in capturing the macabre
feel of the story with this passacaglia like waltz, which grows in intensity
until it reaches a near frenzy. He also
employs special effects such as the "Bartok pizzicato" and bending of strings,
contributing to the undercurrent of madness. Beau Benson
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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