Lewis Krauthamer

These are short works, contrapuntal, syncopated, atmospheric, humorous, traditional and nostalgic in some ways (even though they are microtonal, they are far from a-tonal). My music is largely influenced by folk music, particularly Piedmont Blues/Ragtime and the folk music of South America (mainly from Chile, Uruguay and Argentina).

Rainy Day (Piedmont Rag No. 2) for steel string guitar trio (2012)

This is my second microtonal "Piedmont Rag" composed for steel string guitar trio, in two movements: i. "Rainy Day", ii. "Night". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc44ZitarAI

[ tags: lewis microtonal piedmont krauthamer ] [ genres: composition folk ] [ info: 5'08" mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

Go Down That Hill (Piedmont Rag No. 1) for steel string guitar trio (2012)

(Guitars are specially tuned to accommodate a microtonal sixth-tone scale.) Piedmont Blues/Ragtime is a traditional “pre-blues" style of guitar playing most associated with the Piedmont region of the United States. The style is characterized by a regular alternating bass pattern (normally played by the thumb) juxtaposed with a syncopated melody (normally played by the forefinger). This composition draws some of its musical material from the traditional Negro Spiritual Go Down, Moses. Listen on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFONq9ya56o Please visit http://www.lewiskrauthamer.net/ for more info.

[ tags: guitar trio lewis microtonal piedmont krauthamer ] [ genres: undefinable folk ] [ info: 3'51" mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

Lewis Krauthamer was born in New York but grew up in Wheaton, Maryland. After completing his undergraduate studies in composition at the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music, he left for France, where he obtained a Master's Degree in musicology from the Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne. His master's thesis, "Expression politique dans la musique de Christian Wolff", though unpublished, has been cited by numerous authors, and is generally considered the first serious and developed piece of scholarly research to be done on the music of Wolff.

His work in musicology notwithstanding, Lewis' energies have always been focused on his work as a composer. Lewis' music has been performed by many soloists, chamber groups and orchestras, though in recent years he has concentrated on composing for guitar (solo and ensemble music).

Lewis has received numerous awards and grants as a composer, most recently from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Meet the Composer (New Music USA).

Lewis currently lives in his home town of Wheaton, Maryland, where he composes and teaches music privately through the Music and Arts Centers and Lessons In Your Home.


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