Max Kowalski, Opus 11, Sechs Liebeslieder Aus Dem Rokoko
D.J. Abbamont & Glenn Tiedemann
© Copyright - Public Domain / Lilredhen (887516007064)
Release Date : 2012
|2. An Phyllis||0:59|
|3. Das Kind||1:01|
|5. Die Lügenhafte Phyllis||1:30|
|6. Phyllis an Damon||2:39|
Six Liebeslieder (Love Songs) from the Rokoko (Baroque) were written by Max Kowalski and published in 1921 by N. Simrock, Berlin. He dedicated these very high and lighthearted songs to the then famous coloratura opera singer, Maria Ivogun.
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.
D.J. Abbamont, Soprano: A New Jersey performer, originally from Whippany. Studies at Westminster Choir College and Montclair State were under Hye Young Choi, Susan Robinson, Alice Parker, David York, Charles Schisler, Augusta Borrois, Lois Laverty, David Randolph, Ting Ho and Martin Bate. Worked not only in the field of Oratorio (Masterwork Chorus under David Randolph) and with Contemporary Christian Music but performed in popular music venues such as “The Entertainers” a Dixieland Band. As well as being a piano and voice instructor, Abbamont’s great joy is in serving a music ministry involved in "The Jesus Story" produced by Bible Baptist Passion Play Ministries. In her own words “If by my singing these love songs, then the persecution which Max Kowalski suffered can hopefully begin to heal. “
Glenn Tiedemann, Organist, Composer, Arranger, A native of New Jersey, his musical studies included Richard Paige Eckstein (Theory), Ralph Kneeream, David Randolph (Choral Music, German Diction) and Ting Ho (Theory and Composition) Has served as Organist Choir Director for the Belleville Reformed Church, Belleville, New Jersey, Central Brick Presbyterian Church in East Orange, and Brookdale Reformed Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey. In addition to his organist/director duties, Mr Tiedemann has been a very active church member and has worked as a member of the Advisory Board for a new hymnal for use in both the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church in America with denominations throughout the USA and Canada. Publication date is set for 2013.
In his own words “I am a lover of the human voice; from the effortlessly floating melodies and open harmonies of Gregorian Chant thru the nearly acrobatic melodies of the Mozart Aria. I also love the rich sounds and expansive harmonies of the Romantic Symphony and Piano Concerti; such as Rachmaninoff & Mahler. Max Kowalski's Music contains elements of all of the above - a brilliant composer who is truly worthy of being remembered.”
These Six Love Songs, tell the story of a young girl as she discovers love.
In the course of these six songs she goes from shyness through confusion to full
embrace of the affection of her suitors.
Interpretive translation by Glenn Henry Tiedemann.