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Michael Byron: The Celebration

Michael Byron: The Celebration

Michael Byron (b. 1953) has long been committed to writing virtuosic instrumental music of contrapuntal complexity and perpetual variation, but with The Celebration, a song cycle for baritone and piano quintet, he ventured into unfamiliar territory: He had not previously composed for voice, the primary vehicle for articulating the wonder of the human condition.

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Julius Eastman: Unjust Malaise

Julius Eastman: Unjust Malaise

Unjust Malaise effectively rewrote the history of post-war American New Music, restoring to its narrative a gay black voice creating a liberating, high-energy form of organic minimalism." ó Andrew Male, The Guardian


"After Eastmanís death, his manuscripts were scattered, and some vanished. Only after years of detective work, led by Leach, has a corpus of scores been assembled. A three-disk set on the New World label, Unjust Malaise... gives a superb overview. " ó Alex Ross, The New Yorker


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