Scott Brickman, Beth Levin, Eight Strings & a Whistle





Composer Scott Brickman demonstrates the diversity of his inspirations and musical interests on his third full album on Ravello Records, NINETY-SIX STRINGS AND TWO WHISTLES. Drawing on a sea of influences, from Baroque dance suites, to the compositional methods of Arnold Schoenberg, to punk rock, the mixture of popular and historic references broadly typifies post-modern American music composition.


French Suite was written for the ensemble Eight Strings & a Whistle, each movement featuring either the flute, viola or cello as an ensemble leader. The piece draws on Baroque French suites, particularly Bach’s and the French Canadian affinity of his home state of Maine. The prevalence of short, dotted rhythms in the suite’s first movement seem to reference the characteristics of Baroque-era French overtures; likewise the slower tempo and ¾ meter of the second movement seem to reference Minuet movements common to Baroque dance suites.


Divertimento, for cello and piano, references the genre of light, melody-driven pieces dating back to the eighteenth century.  The pseudo-Romantic lyricism of the cello parts in the slow first and third movements is evident, and demonstrates Brickman’s facility with 12-tone composition as he achieves melodic sweetness uncommonly associated with the fruits of that compositional technique.


Unlike Divertimento and French Suite, the piece Wind Power was composed without a number or historical references in mind. The self-constrained work offers a conclusion to the album that presents a distinct style and form in juxtaposition to the other tracks




Brickman’s other albums on Ravello Records include WINTER AND CONSTRUCTION (2012), DEAR DARWIN (2014) and was featured on the compilation VANGUARDS, VOL 1 (2014)


Brickman’s WINTER & CONSTRUCTION is hailed as “…a very listenable collection of intimate, dissonant, abstract, beautiful classical music for solo instruments and small ensembles.” (Kyle Gervais, Dispatch Magazine)


Brickman studied under both Chester Biscardi and Yehudi Wyner.  Since 1997 he has taught at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he is Professor of Music and Education


Two of the pieces on the album, French Suite, and Ninety-Six Strings and Two Whistles, were composed for the ensemble Eight Strings & a Whistle.  The latter piece was also written for pianist Beth Levin. Eight Strings & a Whistle performed on Ravello Records album ALBERT’S WINDOW (2015). Beth Levin has released two albums on Navona Records A SINGLE BREATH (2013) and PERSONAE (2016) and was featured on FINE MUSIC, VOL 4 (2013)




Winter & Construction

Scott Brickman











Eight Strings & A Whistle











Beth Levin

Release Date August 12, 2016

Catalog #: RR7940





French Suite (2013) for flute/alto flute, viola, cello

Eight Strings & a Whistle

01 I

02 II

03 III

04 IV


05 Wind Power (2011) for flute and piano

Suzanne Gilchrest, flute; Beth Levin, piano



Divertimento (2011) for cello and piano

Matt Goeke, cello; Beth Levin, piano

06 I. Song and Dance

07 II. Intermezzo

08 III. Sarah Band

09 IV. Perpetuo Furioso


Partita (2012) for viola and piano

Ina Litera, viola; Beth Levin, piano

09 I

10 II

11 III

12 IV


Ninety-Six Strings and Two Whistles (2014) for flute/alto flute, viola, ‘cello and piano

Eight Strings & a Whistle; Beth Levin, piano

13 I

14 II

15 III

16 IV

17 V




French Suite recorded November 26, 2014 at Peter Karl Studios

in Brooklyn New York


Wind Power recorded February 18, 2015 at Peter Karl Studios

in Brooklyn New York


Divertimento recorded April 20, 2015 at Peter Karl Studios in

Brooklyn New York


Partita recorded January 27, 2015 at Peter Karl Studios in

Brooklyn New York


Ninety-Six Strings and Two Whistles recorded June 1, 2015 at Peter Karl Studios in Brooklyn New York


Recording Session Producer Peter Karl

Recording Session Engineer Rick Van Benschoten

Produced by Rick Van Benschoten and Eight Strings & a Whistle



Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Alex Bourne

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Mastering Shaun Michaud

Production Engineer Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Design Emily Roulo

Marketing Morgan MacLeod



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