Mathew Rosenblum: Circadian Rhythms

Newband, Stefani Starin, flute, Dean Drummond, conductor; Dave Eggar, cello; Chuck Palmer, percussion; Rob Frankenberry, keyboards; Wendy Richman, viola; Timothy Feeney, percussion; Shirley Yoo, piano; Lindsey Goodman, flute, alto flute, piccolo; Calmus Ensemble and Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

Mathew Rosenblum’s (b. 1954) music is a synthesis of diverse musical elements derived from classical, jazz, rock, and world music traditions, exploring how seemingly independent musical voices and traditions may be woven together into a newly expressive whole. Another synthesis, one of the earmarks of Rosenblum’s compositional voice, is the use of multiple tuning systems, most commonly the standard Western twelve-note-per-octave equal tempered system augmented with notes from various “just” and otherwise altered pitch systems specifically designed for use with twelve-note equal temperament. Rosenblum uses his tunings for a variety of expressive purposes—among others, to evoke non-Western musics, for “blues” notes, and to create exhilarating hyperchromatic moments and sonic effects.

Equally distinctive is the way his music unfolds in time, perhaps the most striking feature of which is his intermittent repetition of discrete phrases. Such phrases, each as highly memorable as a Wagnerian leitmotif, recur throughout each work with greater or lesser literalness (but always with some variation), setting up large cyclic rhythms that disrupt the linear flow of time. Rosenblum in fact toys deftly with our expectations of when they will occur and what they will lead to. Their character shifts chameleon-like with each recurrence, most elaborately in Circadian Rhythms, but to some extent in each of the works on this CD.

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Mathew Rosenblum: Circadian Rhythms

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Track Listing

Yonah's Dream
Mathew Rosenblum
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Circadian Rhythms : Circadian Rhythms
Mathew Rosenblum
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Circadian Rhythms : Stargazing
Mathew Rosenblum
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Circadian Rhythms : Monuments
Mathew Rosenblum
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Circadian Rhythms : Circadian Rhythms (Part 2)
Mathew Rosenblum
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Two Harmonies: Gymnopédie for Art Jarvinen
Mathew Rosenblum
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Two Harmonies: Fantasy for Roberta Liss
Mathew Rosenblum
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Under the Rainbow
Mathew Rosenblum
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): I. Kam
Mathew Rosenblum
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): II. The Runaway Universe
Mathew Rosenblum
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): III. Caitlin Looked Up at the Sky
Mathew Rosenblum
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): IV. Interlude
Mathew Rosenblum
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): V. Market Fundamentalists
Mathew Rosenblum
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): VI. Lift Up Your Eyes to the Heavens
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): VII. Last Contact
Mathew Rosenblum
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): VIII. The Big Rip (instrumental)
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): IX. The Big Rip (continued)
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The Big Rip (A Science Fiction Cantata): X. Kam
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