Music

You may listen to the pieces by clicking the underlined titles.  More music will be uploaded over the course of 2013-14.

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Thanks to my brother, Thomas Beversdorf III who gathered all extant recordings of STB’s music, including old LPs and reel-to-reel tapes going back to the 1950’s, and digitally restored them, note by note, to eliminate warping, popping and scratches.  Most of the performers are (or were at the time) faculty or graduate students at Indiana University’s renowned School of Music (now Jacob’s School of Music).

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French Horn Sonata (“Christmas Sonata”) composed 1945. Performed by Thomas Beversdorf, French horn; Charles H. Webb, piano

Concerto Grosso for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra (1948). Arno Mariotti, oboe; Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Suite on Baroque Themes (1949) Karl Bates, clarinet; Leopold Teraspulsky, violincello; Joseph Rezits, piano

String Quartet #1 (1952) Berkshire Quartet

Cathedral Music: Four Short Pieces for Brass Choir (1953)  IU Brass Choir, conducted by Charles Gorham

Symphony 3 for Winds and Percussion (1954) Thomas Beversdorf conducting Director Band

Three Songs on Poems by e e cummings (1955) Elizabeth Wrancher, soprano; Charles H. Webb, piano

Ascension Monologue: 3rd movement viola solo from String Quartet #2 (1955, rev 1980) David Dawson, viola

String Quartet No. 2, “The Enigma” (1955, rev. 1980)     Paivyt Rajamaki violin; Maarit Rajamaki, violin; Mark Smith, viola; Scott Tisdel, violincello

Tuba Sonata (1956) performed by Robert LeBlanc, tuba; Myra Baker, piano.

Variations for Piano on Thomas Moore’s “A Pretty Maid” ( 1959)  Alfonso Montecino, piano.

Symphony No. 4  Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, Tibor Kozma, conductor. Live performance 12/1960.

Trumpet Sonata (1962) John Rommel, trumpet; Luke Gillespie, piano

Flute Sonata (1964) performed by James Pellerite, flute; Charles H. Webb, piano

Flute Sonata (1964) performed by Thomas Robertello, flute; Charles H. Webb, piano

Violin Sonata (1964) Joseph Gingold, violin and Charles H. Webb, piano

Violin Sonata (1964) Jacques Israelievitch, violin, Marilyn Thompson, piano

Duet from opera Metamorphosis (1955-1966) based on short story by Franz Kafka.  Act 1, Scene 1.  Gretta (soprano Noelle Jacquez) and Feodor (tenor Daniel Shirley) with Charles H. Webb, piano

Divertimento da Camara (1968)  performed by Kyril Magg, flute, piccolo; Rebecca Magg, flute, piccolo, alto flute; Fritz Magg, violincello

Cello Sonata (1967-69)   performed by Andor Toth, violincello; Marilyn Thompson, piano

Overture to the opera The Hooligan (1969) based on the short story, “The Boor” by Franz Kafka. Performed by The University of Utah Symphony Orchestra, Robert Reingart, conductor

La Petite Exposition (1976)  Michael Antonello, violin; Wolfgang Vacano, conductor–Indiana University Symphony Orchestra

Ascension Monologue: 3rd movement viola solo from String Quartet #2 (1955, rev 1980) David Dawson, viola

 Corelliana Variations, 1980  Kyril Magg, flute, piccolo; Rebecca Mag, flute, piccolo, alto flute; Fritz Magg, violincello

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Web- based RECORDINGS LIST

Here is a link to a nice performance of the first movement of the Beversdorf Tuba Sonata, performed by Barton Cummings. Click here

Here’s a YouTube link to an excerpt from Beversdorf’s Cathedral Music

Here’s another YouTube, the Akron University Trombone Choir, performing the entire Beversdorf Cathedral Music