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More on Ben Johnston

In 1990 New York Times critic John Rockwell called Ben Johnston "one of the best nonfamous composers this country has to offer…." For years Johnston’s music has proved fascinating to theorists and musicologists because of its use of advanced compositional techniques (serialism with just intonation, for example). Frank Oteri's superb interview with Ben Johnston on NewMusicBox.com offers new insight into this important composer's extraordinary mind. NMB also includes an excerpt from Johnston's recently-published book of essays "Maximum Clarity" and Other Writings on Music.

Released in January of 2006, New World Records’s Ben Johnston: String Quartet Nos. 2, 3, 4, & 9 (NW 80637-2), features the Kepler Quartet and is the first of a series of three recordings, prepared with the composer’s support and supervision. This CD includes the first recorded performance of his String Quartet No. 3, "Verging."