Music of Arlene Zallman


Arlene Zallman (1934-2006) was Professor of Composition at Wellesley College for over thirty years, and before that taught at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Yale University. She was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and the University of Pennsylvania. She studied composition with Vincent Persichetti and George Crumb. A recipient of a Fulbright grant in 1959, she was able to study intensely for two years with Luigi Dallapiccola in Italy. This recording presents the first CD devoted to the work of this fascinating and neglected composer. Composer Martin Boykan writes: “Zallman never repeated herself and her technical range is considerable. I hope this CD will stimulate interest in an oeuvre that occupies a distinguished position in the music of our time.”


Variations on the Villanella 'Alma che fai' by Luca Marenzio (1993)

Lois Shapiro, piano

Trio 1999 'Triquetra' (1999)

Triple Helix Piano Trio

Lois Shapiro, piano; Bayla Keyes, violin

Rhonda Rider, cello

East, West of the Sun (1996)

Wellesley College Chamber Singers

Wellesley College Chamber Orchestra

Brian Hulse, conductor

Sei la terra che aspetta (1990)

Hekun Wu, cello

Elise Yun, piano

Nightsongs (1988)

Karol Bennett, soprano

Leone Buyse, flutes

Michael Webster, clarinets