Max Kowalski (1882-1956) Opus 2
Suzi More & Kendell Kardt
© Copyright-Public Domain (884502704242)
Record Label: lil red hen records
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Max Caselnova at Clearcut Recording, Garfield, New Jersey
From Frederich Nietzsche's poem "Die Sonne Sinkt."
|I. Nicht Lange||3:37|
|II. Tag Meines Lebens||4:36|
Album Notes :
Max Kowalski(1882-1956) was born in Kowal, Poland. His family moved the next year to Frankfort, Germany, where he grew up, studied and earned Doctorates in both Music and Law (his specialty was Copyrights). His teacher of compostition was Bernhard Sekles and voice, Alexander Heineman. In Germany from 1913 till 1931, Max Kowalski was a prolific composer of beautiful lieder in the Romantic style. Although he was Jewish, Max Kowalski wrote music of all styles and genres, from Japanese, Chinese, Danish, Arabic, French and that of many great German authors, he even wrote a Marienlieder in his Opus 12. He was friend to many other composers, artists and performers and every song cycle he wrote was quickly published until Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich took over the country. In the late 30's Kowalski was very involved with the "Kulterbund" in Frankfort, Germany and his music continued to have popularity in their orchestral concerts. He is mentioned and highlighted by his presence at the last Kulturbund concert(1938) in Martin Goldsmith's book entitled "The Inextinguishable Symphony". By the end of 1938, Kowalski was arrested and spent time in Buchenwald but within a month he was released and he fled to England where he spent the rest of his life teaching voice, singing in a Synagogue and making a humble living. Although no music of his was ever published again, he kept writing new works, 17 new song cycles in manuscripts which singers performed in concerts and on radio. Opus 1 is his first composition dated 1913 and first published by Leukart in Germany. It had been out-of-print many years until Dr. Walter Foster of Recital Publications in Huntsville, Texas took up the committment to bring as many of Max Kowalski's song cycles to the public as possible. So far, 11 of his 17 previously published cycles have been reprinted.
A New Jersey native, Miss More has performed extensively throughout the
United States and abroad. She has been soloist and has appeared in numerous
operatic roles performing with the Festival Chorus of New Jersey, the
Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Singers, the Plainfield
Symphony, Ars Musica Antiqua, the Garden State Chorale, the State Repertory
Opera, Jersey Lyric Opera, Choral Baccarelli (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the
Academy of Vocal Arts Opera Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), Montclair Chamber
Orchestra, and numerous others. In 1989, she was the award-winning
collaborator along with composer Loretta Jankowski, of a song cycle entitled
Phoenix, published internationally by Boosey & Hawkes, in December 1993. The
work, featuring Ms. More, was presented at both the Los Angeles, California
(1989), and Little Rock, Arkansas, national Association of Teacher's of
singing (NATS) conventions. She is a recipient of several Lila
Wallace/Reader's Digest Incentive Grants, for performance and research. She
is a member of the NATS, NJ, NYC and National chapters. Also, a composer of
jazz, folk and children's songs. Her voice teachers and coaches include
Franco Rossi-Roudett, Terrence Shook, Helen Fenstermacher, Chloe Owens,
Daniel Ferro, Marlena Malas, Dorothea Discala, Frank Valentino, Deborah
Taylor, and Dolores Cassinelli. She has appeared in master classes with Elly
Amelling, Jerome Hines, Judith Raskin, and Dalton Baldwin. Ms. Morehead
holds a B.A. degree from Rutgers University, M.A. degree from Jersey City
State College, and pursued studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts, in
Philadelphia, and New York University.
German words :
1. Nicht lange durstest du noch, verbranntes Herz!
2. Tag meines Lebens! die Sonne sinkt. Schon steht die glatte Flut vergüldet.
3. Heiterkeit, güldene, komm! du des Todes