Lewis Krauthamer

Microtonal folk-influenced composer.
See http://www.lewiskrauthamer.net/ for more information.

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. Lewis' master's thesis, an analytical study written in French on the music of Christian Wolff, was done at a time when very little serious academic research had yet been done on the composer. His recent article, "An Analysis of Two Large-Scale Works by Christian Wolff," is published in Perspectives of New Music, vol. 55, no. 1 (Winter, 2017).


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, and in recent years he has concentrated on composing microtonal music for unconventional ensemble types, often incorporating guitar.


Lewis has received numerous awards as a composer, including grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Meet the Composer.


Lewis serves on the music faculty of the University of the District of Columbia, where he teaches courses in music theory, analysis, orchestration and music history. In addition, he teaches privately, directs the Washington D.C. - based Off the Beaten Path Music Series (OBPMS) and serves on the board of the Contemporary Music Forum.


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