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Rick Sowash (b. 1950) lives by his wits: composing, publishing his own sheet music and producing CDs -- fourteen so far -- of his compositions, as well as writing books for children about Ohio which he also publishes. His works are broadcast on many American classical music stations and his books are used in many of Ohio's schools. Rick’s newest book is a comic autobiography entitled The Boy Who Would Be Famous. He is a member of ASCAP, both as a composer and as a publisher.

Rick’s music is featured in several documentary films produced by Ken Burns' company Florentine Films. His Clarinet Quintet was premiered in Paris in 1996 by the celebrated French clarinetist Lucien Aubert, for whom it was specially written. Two of his fifteen trios for clarinet, cello and piano were performed by the Riviera-based trio "les Gavottes" at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 and were later recorded by the same musicians on a CD entitled "Enchantement d'avril." His Concerto for Cello with Strings and Clarinet was premiered in Carnegie Hall in April, 2007. His Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra was given its European premiere in St. Petersburg in June, 2010 and has been recorded by the St. Petersburg Symphony and clarinetist David Drosinos for Marquis Classics. In 2010, Rick composed a series of 40 sacred motets for the Harvard University Choir for use in worship services in the Appleton Chapel on the Harvard campus. In 2011, his North Country Suite was commissioned and premiered by the Heartland Symphony in Brainerd, MN. Most recently, Rick’s music was featured in a new ballet presented by the Cincinnati Ballet, entitled “A Hero’s Prayer.”

Rick lives in Cincinnati with Jo, his wife of 40 years. The couple is blessed by a daughter, poet and teacher Shenandoah Sowash and a son, professional trombonist Chapman Sowash. more...

The following CDs are currently available:

American Perennials
Three American Perennials for woodwind quintet: Folk Dance, Sea Chantey, Ragtime, Mt. Airy Wedding Suite for oboe, violin & cello, Three Piquant Pieces for oboe and string trio, Spring Fever Suite for two cellos, Picket Fence for violin, oboe & piano and Wake Up Call for trumpet & piano. more...

Rick Sowash: Chamber Music with Clarinet Chamber Music with Clarinet
Three chamber works superbly recorded, featuring clarinetist Craig Olzenak and The Mirecourt Trio. more...
Goddess of the Moon CD A Christmas Gift

Sir Gawain & the Green Knight: A Christmas Legend with Cheryl Trace, violin; Thaddeus Archer, trumpet; Robert Clemens, cello; Greg Kostraba, piano, Guitar Suite: For an Old Friend at Christmas, Hilary Field, guitar. Four Carols, Jose Rubio, baritone; Avedis Manoogian, piano. A Christmas Ceremony, Betty Braunstein, flute; Josh Aerie, cello. A Christmas Rondo for string trio, Kris Frankenfeld, violin; Belinda Burge, viola; Ellen Shertzer, cello. more...

Enchantement d'avril (Enchantment of April)
Three Trios for Clarinet, Cello and Piano. Published in France by Trio les Gavottes. more...
Eroica
The subject matter of this trio is the courage of those who are afraid, who almost lose their way, but persist despite their fears and finally prevail. more...
Rick Sowash: The Four Piano Trios The Four Piano Trios
Four piano trios recorded by The Mirecourt Trio, including "Four Seasons in Bellville." more...
Goddess of the Moon CD Goddess of the Moon
Trio #6 for clarinet, cello and piano. This work is my homage to Debussy, nocturnal, moon-lit, restive, intensely beautiful and just a little scary. Also featured is my Trios #4 and #5 for the same combination of instruments, subtitled “Conversation of the Trees” and “In the Classical Style. more...
Music for the Appalachian Trail Music for the Appalachian Trail
includes Rick Sowash's Fantasia on 'Shenandoah' for string quartet. more...
Pastorale
Quartet for flute and strings. Also featured is my “Father’s Day Suite” for string trio, my Quartet for oboe and strings, and my Wedding Suite for oboe, violin and cello. more...
Rick Sowash: A Portrait at 50 A Portrait at 50
The first CD the composer personally supervised and privately produced. more...
Sanctuary at 3AM
"Even at this late hour, ...we can return to the sanctuary of G major and g minor and take refuge in a slow, sad tune." more...
20th Century Harpsichord Music, Vol. 1 20th Century Harpsichord Music, Vol. 1
includes Rick Sowash's works: "The Unicorn" and "Theme with 6 Variations." more...
Goddess of the Moon CD Serenade
features my expansive Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, my spirited Trio con Brio for violin, clarinet and cello and a lovely musical get-well card for a friend:my Serenade for Mary for flute, clarinet and string quartet. more...
Goddess of the Moon CD Vistas
features the outdoorsy Four Places on the Appalachian Trail for violin, French horn, cello and piano, the Western-influenced Trio #4 for violin, clarinet and piano Images of Mt. Emily, and my uplifting rhapsody for cello and piano, World Enough and Time, written in 1989 to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. more...


 


WMRA Interview - Four Places on the Appalachian Trail

 

Free MP3 Downloads

Download "Three American Perennials " for Woodwind Quintet, recorded live by the Capital Winds Quintet.
Download "Four Seasons in Bellville.: Spring" from the CD, "The Four Piano Trios."
Download "Daweswood Suite: The Blossom" from from the CD, "Chamber Music with Clarinet."
Download "Fantasia on Shenandoah" from the CD, "Music for the Appalachian Trail."
Download "A little Breakfast Music: Orange Juice" from "A Portrait at 50."
Download "Sunny Days: Vivo" from the CD, "Eroica."
Download "Enchantment of April: Allegretto" from the CD, "Enchantement d'avril."
Download "Sanctuary at 3am" from the CD, "Sanctuary at 3am."

Order online

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CELLO RHAPSODY:

Cellist Terry King and the Monroe (Louisiana) Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bruce Chamberlain performed the world premiere on October 4, 1998 of Rick's Sowash rhapsody for cello and orchestra, entitled "World Enough and Time." Follow this link for more information and to hear the entire Rhapsody in Shockwave streaming audio.

 

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