We’re delighted to announce that James Erber has joined Composers Edition. Beautifully crafted, his works have attracted many fine performers from the Arditti Quartet to Jonathan Powell, Lontano to ELISION.
Erber’s work reflects a wide range of interests, including Renaissance and Baroque music, the music of South-East Asia, Jazz, blues, Mediaeval and Renaissance philosophy, Kabbalah, green politics, recent scientific developments, film noir, Jacobean tragedy, the Gothic novel and historical slang. His music is technically demanding for the player, being multi-layered and complex (especially from the point of view of rhythm and form). Its complexity is, however, combined with harmonic clarity and lyricism as well as a tenuous sense of optimism and a concern with intellectual and spiritual continuity diametrically opposed to much of present-day musical culture.
Erber’s music has been recorded for Convivium Records, NMC, Métier and Centaur Records. James says:
I am very pleased and excited to be joining Composers Edition, and to be part of the list of distinguished composers it represents. The seven scores of mine which are currently available give some idea of the scope of my work and what has inspired it, which embraces the Blues, C.P.E Bach’s keyboard music, a Gothic novel, a sonnet by Rilke and a passage from Carlo Levi’s “Christ Stopped at Eboli”.
We’re pleased to offer an initial selection of seven works for solos and small chamber groups:
String Quartet No.2 for string quartet
Qfwfq for solo piano
Prescrai and Pescrille for soprano saxophone
Elided Dilapidations (after C.P.E. Bach) for solo piano
ein andrer Hauch for solo piccolo
Crai for two soprano saxophones
Am Grabe Memphis Minnies for solo guitar
James Erber Profile & Works