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Verdehr Triolocked

  • Pamela Weston

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American ensemble . Founded in 1972, its members are Walter Verdehr, violin (b Kočevye, Slovenia, 31 Aug 1941), Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet (b Charlottesville, VA, 14 April 1936) and Gary Kirkpatrick, piano (b Manhattan, KS, 7 Aug 1941). With the assistance of Michigan State University, where all three members are on the faculty, they have commissioned over 100 new works for their unusual instrumental combination. Composers who have written for them include Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Peter Dickinson, Ida Gotkovsky, Alan Hovhaness, Karel Husa, John McCabe, Menotti, Thea Musgrave, Ned Rorem and Gunther Schuller. The Verdehr Trio has undertaken many European and world tours, appearing not only as a chamber ensemble but as soloists in several triple concertos written for them....

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