Alvin Etler

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Alvin Derald Etler (February 19, 1913 – June 13, 1973) was an American composer and oboist.
A student of Paul Hindemith, Etler is noted for his highly rhythmic, harmonically and texturally complex compositional style, taking inspiration from the works of Bartók and Copland as well as the dissonant and accented styles of jazz.

Though he played with the Indianapolis Symphony in 1938, he abandoned his orchestral life shortly thereafter to focus on his increasingly successful compositional career (which earned him two Guggenheim Fellowships during this period). In 1942 he joined the faculty at Yale University as conductor of the university band and instructor of wind instruments, where he began his studies with Hindemith. He also taught at Cornell University and University of Illinois before accepting a position at Smith College, which he held until his death.

Notable works include his two woodwind quintets (from 1955 and 1957), a bassoon sonata, the 1963 "Quintet for Brass Instruments", and "Fragments" for woodwind quartet.

Etler is also the author of Making Music: An Introduction to Theory, an introductory-level theory text published posthumously in 1974.

Etler received several important commissions from major orchestras and a number of these works were premiered by prominent conductors including Fritz Reiner, who conducted the premiere of the Symphonietta in 1941, his Passacaglia and Fugue in 1947 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and George Szell, who commissioned the Concerto in One Movement for the Cleveland Orchestra in 1957. His Concerto for Wind Quintet and Orchestra was premiered by the Japan Philharmonic in 1960 and was subsequently performed in 1962 by both the New York Philharmonic, under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Erich Leinsdorf.

His Concerto for Brass Quintet, String Orchestra and Percussion and his Sonic Sequence for Brass (both composed in 1967), were recorded by the National Orchestra Association under conductor John Barnett for Composers Recordings, Inc.

His large scale works include:

Music for Chamber Orchestra (1938)
Symphonietta (1941)
Passacaglia and Fugue (1947)
Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (1948)
Symphony (1951)
Dramatic Overture for Orchestra (1956)
Concerto for Wind Quintet and Orchestra (1960)
Concerto for Brass Quintet, String Orchestra and Percussion (1967)
Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra (1970)
Other notable chamber and solo works include his two woodwind quintets (from 1955 and 1957), a bassoon sonata, the 1963 "Quintet for Brass Instruments," and "Fragments" for woodwind quartet.
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Alvin Etler Discography Tracks

Albums

LOU-651 Alvin Etler - Concerto For Wind Quintet And Orchestra / Variations On "America" / Umbrian Scene album art Alvin Etler, Charles Ives - William Schuman, Ulysses Kay, Robert Whitney Alvin Etler, Charles Ives - William Schuman, Ulysses Kay, Robert Whitney - Concerto For Wind Quintet And Orchestra / Variations On "America" / Umbrian Scene(LP) First Edition Records LOU-651 US 1965 Sell This Version
LS-674 Alvin Etler - Triptych / Partita In C For Piano And Small Orchestra album art Alvin Etler / Harold ShaperoThe Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whitney, Benjamin Owen Alvin Etler / Harold ShaperoThe Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whitney, Benjamin Owen - Triptych / Partita In C For Piano And Small Orchestra(LP) First Edition Records LS-674 US 1967 Sell This Version
Alvin Etler - Allegro And Arioso For Five Wind Instruments / Summer Music For Woodwind Quintet / Quintet For Winds album art Ingolf Dahl, Samuel Barber, Alvin Etler - New York Woodwind Quintet Ingolf Dahl, Samuel Barber, Alvin Etler - New York Woodwind Quintet - Allegro And Arioso For Five Wind Instruments / Summer Music For Woodwind Quintet / Quintet For Winds (Album) Concert-Disc US Unknown Sell This Version
ORS 76256 Alvin Etler - Clarinet Con Espressione  album art David Pino (4) / Frances Mitchum Webb* / Alvin Etler / Antoni Szałowski / Russel Riepe* / Serge Rachmaninoff* David Pino (4) / Frances Mitchum Webb* / Alvin Etler / Antoni Szałowski / Russel Riepe* / Serge Rachmaninoff* - Clarinet Con Espressione (LP, Album) Orion ORS 76256 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRI 229 USD Alvin Etler - Modern Music For Brass album art Wallingford Riegger, Alvin Etler Wallingford Riegger, Alvin Etler - Modern Music For Brass(LP, Album) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CRI 229 USD US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Alvin Etler - Line Studies, Bassoon Sonata, Bassoon Sonata, String Quartet album art Kenneth Gaburo, Romeo Cascarino, Alvin Etler & Goddard Lieberson Kenneth Gaburo, Romeo Cascarino, Alvin Etler & Goddard Lieberson - Line Studies, Bassoon Sonata, Bassoon Sonata, String Quartet (Comp) Columbia US 1963 Sell This Version