Speculum Musicae: Paul Dunkel, piccolo, flute & alto flute - Steve Taylor, oboe - Virgil Blackwell, clarinet and bass clarinet - Daniel Reed, violin and viola - Fred Sherry, cello - Donald Palma, contrabass - Ursula Oppens, piano and Richard Fitz, percussion.
From the back cover: Speculum Musicae ("A Mirror of Music"). a chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of music ranging from early-20th-century "classics" to newly commissioned works, consists of 15 young instrumentalists noted - individually and in ensemble activities - for outstanding accomplishments in contemporary music making. Speculum Musicae's first appearance (1971, at the Public Theatre of New York) was followed by a formal debut at Town Hall in 1972 resulting from a Young Concert Artist award. Since its inception, the ensemble has toured the U.S.A.widely to enthusiastic acclaim. In 1972, Speculum Musicae was honored with the first Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award, enabling the group to give two concerts at New York's Alice Tully Hall and to commission new works. The results of these commissions are heard in this recording - Speculum Musicae's first appearance on Nonesuch.