Allan Crossman: Millennium Overture Dance, for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello


  • Composer(s): Allan Crossman
  • ISMN: 9790216209465
  • Edition: Da Vinci Edition
  • Format: A4 - Paperback
  • Genre: Chamber
  • Instrumentation: Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Viola, Violin
  • Pages: 28
  • Period: Contemporary
SKU: DV 11366 Category:

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Millennium Overture Dance (fl, cl, vln, vla, cello) 8:35 Allan Crossman (1999) Written for North/South Consonance and its director Max Lifchitz, it is both a welcome piece for the new millennium, as it hits the ground running with playfulness and passion, and a dance piece, with its insistent rhythms and instrumental interplay. After the rousing opening sections, the music becomes quiet and more plaintive, reflecting on certain darker events of the century past. But somehow, the optimism returns, and we dive back into the celebration of things to come.
Millennium Overture Dance is a brilliant and fleeting work of beguiling, melodic character and supple rhythmic life. It dances between a variety of festive episodes with élan and robust invention. Philip Collins – New Music Works, Santa Cruz, CA (2006) includes a recording of the piece.


Allan Crossman has had the great pleasure to write for soloists and ensembles worldwide, including many commissions and awards. Millennium Overture Dance appears on the eponymous GRAMMY-nominated album from North/South Consonance; Music for Human Choir shared Top Honors at the Waging Peace Through Singing Festival in Oregon; Florébius, with the violin/piano Eusebius Duo, and Sonata fLux, with pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi, appear on Navona Records.
His musical, The Log of the Skipper’s Wife, was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Co. at Stratford and the Kennedy Center, with music drawn from Irish/Scottish shanties. Projects have been supported by Canada Council, American Composers Forum, and others. His studies were with George Rochberg and George Crumb at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, and he has taught at Concordia University (Montreal), San Francisco Conservatory, and Wheaton College (MA).