International Electronic Music
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL364     Release Date: 2011-01-15

Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano; Mats Persson, piano

John Melby writes:

“The poetry of Wallace Stevens fends itself particularly well to musical settings; one need only recall the many settings of what is probably his best-known poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. The reason for the great degree of compatibilty between Stevens' poetry and music may have something to do with the ambiguity present in most of his poems, many of which can be interpreted in rather fundamentally different ways, all of which may be reasonable and equally valid approaches.

Ronald Perera writes:

Alternate Routes was composed in 1971 at the Bregman Electronic Music Studio, Dartmouth College, for dancer/choreographer Alison Becker Chase, who was then directing the newly formed Dartmouth Dance Company. From the start of the composition I conceived of all the sounds as having kinetic properties: wild spins and runs versus infinitely delicate and subtle departures from complete stillness. The shape of the piece evolved as a tension between these opposing ideas of movement and the music alternates between two materials: one densely percussive, the other fragile and transparent.

Ragnar Grippe writes:

Musique Douze is an attempt to oppose instrumental sounds to their electronic equivalents, and thus to apply different consequent functions to specific sequences. One might say that the electronic parts have a more linear function because of their static character while the instrumental sounds undergo intricate and rapid changes.

Bengt Emil Johnson writes:

Disappearances consists of a live part and a two-channel tape with pre-recorded piano sounds, arranged and transformed at Fylkingen's Studio in Stockholm with the help of composer Lars-Gunnar Bodin. The title refers to the rapid passages which — mainly in the beginning of the piece — appear and immediately disappear again.”

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International Electronic Music

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Track Listing

Two Stevens Songs: I. A Postcard from the Volcano
John Melby
Two Stevens Songs: II. Domination of Black
John Melby
Alternate Routes
Ronald Perera
Musique Douze
Ragnar Grippe
Bengt Emil Johnson