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June 10, 2013

ULM music professor releases CD

Dr. James Boldin, associate professor of music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, released a new solo CD, “Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn,” that features works by the Dutch composer Jan Koetsier (1911-2006).

The album, which is being released by the internationally-recognized MSR Classics label, is the culmination of two years of intense study and research.

Boldin said producing a professional-quality recording is time consuming and often cost prohibitive.

He said he is “incredibly fortunate” to have received assistance from ULM in the form of the Dr. William R. Hammond Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts, which he has held since 2011.

The CD also features ULM Professor of Music Dr. Richard Seiler, who accompanies Boldin on piano.

Boldin said, “We were quite lucky to have wonderful facilities and instruments available to us at ULM, with a majority of the recording taking place in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall. I owe a huge debt of thanks to Dr. Derle Long, Director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, as well as to Deb Lindley, Max Gongre, and the ULM Physical Plant. This recording would not have been possible without their logistical help. And although the horn is the featured instrument on this recording, the entire project was really a collaboration with my colleagues at ULM and other institutions around the country.”

Though known relatively little in the United States, Koetsier is well-regarded throughout Europe.

As a composer, he devoted much of his efforts to brass and wind instruments and seemed especially interested in developing the repertoire for unusual or under-utilized combinations of instruments.

Though there were numerous other works by more famous composers that Boldin might have chosen to record, he chose Koetsier because few of his compositions for the horn have been recorded, and they are seldom performed.

Boldin said he hopes his recording will help to bring Koetsier’s unjustly neglected works to a wider audience and encourage others to perform them.

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