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Robert Ashley

Composer(s): Robert Ashley
Album Title: Robert Ashley 
Cat. No.: 80460
Genre: Classical
 
Description: The music of Robert Ashley
Superior Seven, Tract

Barbara Held (flute), Thomas Buckner (voice), MIDI orchestra

“I am finally able to say that I write for orchestra— even if I have to make the orchestra myself.” — Robert Ashley

Robert Ashley is known primarily for his theater-based pieces and television operas. This new release presents the world premiere recordings of two of his “orchestral” pieces, Superior Seven (concerto for flute), and Tract (for orchestra and voice), where the orchestra is provided by a MIDI synthesizer.

In Superior Seven, the flute floats freely in and out of an atmospheric electronic sound tapestry. It is a colorful, kaleidoscopic, ever-changing soundscape pervaded throughout by a sense of playful whimsy.

Tract, on the other hand, is cut from an altogether darker cloth. The voice is used as one of the orchestral timbres in a piece that is resolutely mournful and dirge-like in tone, a wordless lament. 
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