Contemporary Composers of American Classical Music

This page on CMR  is an extension of our new "web-music" focus.  In my efforts to get our renderings heard on our MP3 site, The CMR Players,
I've come to know the work of several composers.  Among those are Jim Signorile, Steve Gutheinz, and Richard Rendleman.  This alphabetized list is not all-inclusive.

These files will be in the MP3 format.  

Composer - Title - Comments

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Gutheinz, Steven (1973 -    ) (American)

Steve is a film/concert music composer originally from my neck of the woods - Plano, Texas now living in Los Angeles. He has a deep and loving respect for the great film scoring tradition of the past (and present), and it is his goal to be part of the next generation of composers carrying that tradition forward. His other passions are Symphonic Classical music, chamber music, piano, and opera.  While these works are not long, they show Steve is not short on talent.

The Crossing -   This work is scored for full orchestra, and while it doesn't necessarily have a film to go with it, it's an example of one of Steve's first efforts in scoring for full orchestra 

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Trois - This is the main title from my score to the feature film "Trois." Trois was released to theaters across the nation March 10th, 2000. Check out http://www.trois-themovie.com for more information.

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Spectrum of Light - Music from the original motion picture score

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Breakfast - A sweet standalone piece, scored for chamber orchestra

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Red Alarms - A exciting work for an unusual ensemble.  Reminiscent of Bernstein

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Dementia - A wonderfully wicked and demented work.  Elfman eat your heart out!

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Rendleman, Richard (1949 -    ) (American)

Richard is a composer whose works have been performed by The North Carolina Symphony, The South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, The United States Navy Band and a number of other orchestras, chamber groups and choral ensembles. His compositions have been recorded by the Seattle Symphony, The Warsaw National Philharmonic, The Czech National Symphony, The Slovak Radio Orchestra and the St. Stephens Chamber Orchestra. Rendleman is also Professor of Finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The conductor's score for First Symphony is available at the artist's website along with scores for many of his other works. 

Symphony No. 1 Czech National Symphony, Paul Freeman, Conductor

1st Movement - Solemn but Moving

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2nd Movement - Reflectively

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3rd Movement - Forcefully 

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Copyright 1997 - Recordings wholly owned by Richard J. Rendleman Jr.

Symphonic Overture - Recorded by the Warsaw National Philharmonic, Gerhardt Zimmermann  (also the Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony). Note: I've modified this recording to add some orchestration in the form of a very large Bass Drum, with permission from the Composer.

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Copyright 1995 - Recordings wholly owned by Richard J. Rendleman Jr.

Signorile, James V. (1952 -    ) (American)

Jim has been a composer of contemporary tonal classical music for over 30 years. He's composed for a wide range of instrumentations, from Piano solos to a Mass for Soloists, Chorus,  and Symphony Orchestra to a Symphony for Organ.  To quote Jim: "I have tried to adhere to the principles of the supremacy of beauty and emotion and stayed clear of composing works that appeal to the intellect only. Every piece I have written attempts to convey a range of feelings and I try to make those feelings as accessible to as wide a segment of the people as possible."

Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 53 - The MIDI files were sequenced directly from the score using Finale 2000 by Steve Mitchell

1st Movement - Allegro Moderato

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2nd Movement - Andante

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3rd Movement - Allegro 

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Copyright 1999 by James V. Signorile