Little Suite

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For more information about the recital from which this recording is taken please see the information given for Remembrances; it contains more details about the method of recording this music.

Two Eastman friends of mine, Paul and Helen Baumgartner, happened to be at Allegheny in the summer of 1955 in preparation for going to Japan for a year as missionaries when I presented a recital of my works from which this recording is taken. During late June–early July of that year I composed Little Suite, for piano duet, for them. They've performed it quite a few times since then. For many years they taught at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. They’ve done yeoman work for this music performing it many times in many places. Helen died recently but so far as I know Paul is still living.

During the recording made in 1955 of this piece there was a glitch in the recording. This explains the short silence around 1:35 in 2. Aria. I’m especially interested in first performances and so I include this 1955 recording in spite of sonic and mechanical defects. I also include a recording Paul and Helen made in 2008. I prefer the 1955 performance despite its defects, perhaps because it is the way I first heard the piece.

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