John Barbirolli: Elmer Schoettle Fantasy for Strings

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Elmer Schoettle (1910-1973): Fantasy for Strings (1964) Sir John Barbirolli, conductor (1965) A Koussevitzky Foundation Commission recording


Schoettle was a composer, musicologist, pianist and teacher. His compositions range from piano works to chamber pieces to works for full orchestra. Among the many works programmed (often with Schoettle himself performing) include:
-A concerto for two pianos and orchestra (1952), reviewed as "beautifully melodic;"
-"Gavotte" for piano
-Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1962)
-"Flight," A Song for Tenor, Clarinet, and Piano on a Poem by John Gillespie Magee
-Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello (which was written at the request of Lady Barbirolli (1966)
-Song: "Of Himself"
-"Fear of the Lord" for Chorus and Organ
-Amores (I - IV) (1960)
* Fantasy for Strings (1964).

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