Falls House Press
The Voyage Unlimited Series
Falls House Press
and flutist Don Bailey are pleased to present
the Voyage Unlimited Series - new
transcriptions for flute and string quartet and string trio. Inspired and edited
by the flutist and orchestrated by Adam Manijak of Poland, works currently
available include Ravel’s Sonatine, Tchaikovsky’s November,
Köhler’s Papillon, and Paderewski’s Minuet in G.
Recorded by Don Bailey on Voyage (Summit), these arrangements have
received critical acclaim and global radio play but have not been available for
public performance until now. American Record Guide called them “…fresh and
interesting”. Fanfare said Voyage was "...a nicely conceived collection
covering a broad spectrum. The original works are particularly effective.”
Selections from Voyage were performed at the NFA conventions in Atlanta, GA and
From the Theodore
Manijak holds two degrees from the Academy of Music in Łódź, Poland -
in piano with honors as a student of Tadeusz Chmielewski and in composition,
also with honors, as a student of Jerzy Bauer. He served as Mr. Chmielewski's
assistant at the Academy for five years.
Adam took part in many piano competitions including the Chopin Scholarship
Competition in Warsaw and the I Szymanowski Piano Competition in Łódź. In
addition to his solo recitals, chamber music concerts and recordings in Poland
and abroad, he performed aboard the Cunard cruise ship Vistafjord for four years
with the Vistafjord Orchestra until he joined Classical Quintessence with
flutist Don Bailey. Among his compositions are Concerto for Piano and
Orchestra and Trio for Violin, Double Bass and Piano. His activities
also include jazz and music for the theater. Currently, Adam is a lecturer in
The Chair of Chamber Music in the Academy of Music, Łódź.
Bailey and Manijak continue their collaboration through Voyage
Notes about the works:
Tchaikowsky’s November was one
of a set of twelve pieces entitled The Seasons (1875-76) Op. 37b
commissioned by the magazine Nouvelliste. The moods corresponded with the
titles of the compositions and the magazine’s monthly images. November’s
“Troika”, has jingling sleigh-bells and whirling notes intended to create an
impression of falling snow.
Italian composer Ernesto Köhler studied
flute with his father. He was first flute of the Court Orchestra at Modena,
later at the Karl Theater in Vienna, and in 1871 of the Imperial Orchestra in
St. Petersburg. Köhler wrote numerous works for flute, from educational studies
to compositions for intermediate through virtuoso flutists. His Papillon
(Butterfly) is one of many short character pieces for flute and piano.
had an unsurpassed command of the orchestral medium and often orchestrated his
own piano works - Ma Mère l'Oye ("Mother Goose"), the Valses nobles et
sentimentales ("Noble and Sentimental Waltzes"), and the popular
Pavane pour une infante défunte ("Pavane for a Dead Infant"), among others.
His Sonatine, an early work for piano solo (1905), was first transcribed
for flute, cello and harp by harpist Carlos Salzedo. This version for flute and
string quartet was inspired and edited by Don Bailey and orchestrated by Adam
Manijak of Poland.
Paderewski’s Minuet in G.
Polish born pianist and composer Ignace
(Jan) Paderewski entered the Warsaw Conservatory in 1872. Strict curriculum
requirements forced him to play many instruments, including trombone, flute,
viola, and clarinet. He was appointed teacher of piano at the Conservatory in
1887, and his performances worldwide, including a Carnegie Hall debut on
November 17, 1891, were consistently triumphant. Paderewski was considered the
richest living musician in the world before the first World War but gave away
most of his money in the service of Poland. Minuet in G was written in
the 1880s as part of his set of 6 Humoresques for piano, op. 14, no. 1.
"Sonatine", Mov't 1 by Maurice Ravel
VOYAGE (Summit Records)