Moe, Eric (b.1954)
Moe: Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
Firebird EnsembleNew World Records
0093228074120 | NW 80741 | 1CD
The five works on this disc tap into a wide and deep current of sources and ideas, a microcosm of Eric Moe’s (b. 1954) fascinations, with references to Goethe and Richard Wilbur, among others. The compositional craft by which Moe achieves his expressive purposes is as varied as his musical moods, though we can detect certain trends toward process and pattern, such as cycling pitch and rhythmic collections. Also pointedly informing Moe’s music is its performer-centricity: as a performing pianist himself he knows what it is to enjoy what one is playing, whether a syncopated, dancing texture or a long, lyrical melodic line.