Dec. 20, 2011
Sharon Ruchman, Classical Music Composer & Pianist
-- On December 13, 2011 classical music composer and pianist, Sharon Ruchman of Washington, Connecticut, (www.sharonruchman.com)
released her third CD “Remembrance”
in three years’ time. Ruchman released her first CD, “Sharon Ruchman Chamber Music” featuring “Sea Glass” in October 2009, and in November 2011, she released “Arrival of Spring”. “For my third CD,” she stated, “I wanted to compose music specifically for violin, cello, flute and piano. While creating all of my CDs, I have enjoyed working with several local area musicians who accompany me in my compositions. Their talents inspired me to compose music specifically for their instruments and styles.”
Towards that ambition, Ruchman presents the compositions of her new “Remembrance”
CD on 19 tracks. Tracks 1- 3 are a cello and piano “Sonata in E Minor”; track 4-5 is the song “Remembrance”
with violin and piano; track 6-7 offers a flute and piano duet; track 8 is a violin and piano titled “Lament”; “Hope” is featured on tracks 9-10 in cello and piano; “Kaleidoscope”
with violin and piano is featured on track 11; track 12 features a solo piece for piano, “Calm”; “Longing” is the violin and piano composition on track 13; and tracks 14-19 offers “Variations on a Theme in F Major for Cello and Piano”.
In January 2012, Fanfare magazine will feature a review of Ruchman’s first two CDs, “Sharon Ruchman Chamber Music” and “Arrival of Spring”, along with an in-depth interview. Published bi-monthly, and written exclusively for the avid classical CD collector and music aficionado, Fanfare magazine features extensive interviews with classical music composers and performers. Ruchman noted, “I was told that I was unique to their coverage in that I am both an accomplished musician as well as a composer of classical music.”
In her second CD, "Arrival of Spring", Ruchman wrote a piece ‘Memoria Dolci’ in memory of her great uncle, Rudolph Fuchs, a virtuoso violinist. “Two of my newest compositions, ‘Remembrance’
and ‘Lament’, were also written in his memory,” stated Ruchman. “My father told me that Rudy loved playing gypsy music and the new composition ‘Longing’ is written in that style.”
Fond childhood memories were the premise of Sharon Ruchman’s new composition, “Kaleidoscope”
. “During my childhood, I played with color-filled kaleidoscopes. It was fascinating to me that a fixed number of colored pieces could create such a wide variety of patterns. That image inspired me to write ‘Kaleidoscope’
, where the music magically morphs into several patterns rhythmically and melodically.
The new “Remembrance”
CD features Ruchman’s piece “Calm” which she stated, “was influenced by Debussy.” This new CD presents several ‘first time’ experiences for Ruchman who has been playing piano since she was eight years old, and five years ago she began her career as a classical music composer. “For the first time, I have composed a piece of variations on a theme. It was interesting for me to see how many different ways I could create new styles based on one melody.”
Ruchman commented that, “This was also the first time that I composed a Sonata (3 movements) for cello and piano.” For the new “Remembrance”
CD, Ruchman explained that she “Wanted to introduce different styles within the classical music framework. All the music was recorded at my home in Washington, Connecticut, which worked very well acoustically.”
Sharon Ruchman earned her Master of Music (MM) degree from the Yale School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music (BM) degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. She was an accompanist with the New England Conservatory chorus, and upon graduation she returned to Yale School of Music to study composition with Yale graduate, teacher and accomplished composer, Orianna Webb. From there, she went on to teach music in the West Haven, Connecticut elementary school while she pursued her singing career and performed throughout Connecticut. During 2007 and 2008, she wrote several compositions and began working with several northwestern Connecticut area musicians. Ruchman’s love of composition has led her to become a member of several professional composers associations including the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and IAWN, International Alliance for Women in Music.
Since 2009, pieces from Sharon Ruchman’s first two CDs “Sharon Ruchman Chamber Music” and “Arrival of Spring” have been aired on WSHU and WMNR in Connecticut. In that year, her compositions were also selected by the National Composers Association to be performed in Portola, California as part of the “Music Under the Redwoods” concert. Two of her compositions were also performed in 2009 during the 10th Annual Hartford Women Composers Festival.
Brief intervals for each of Sharon Ruchman’s new “Remembrance”
compositions can be heard on her website, www.sharonruchman.com. Orders for the CD can be placed on the site, iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.