Microtonal Music of Ezra Sims
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR643     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Dinosaur Annex: (Cynthia Cummings, violin; Sandra Lechner Kott, violin; Anne Black, viola; Michael Curry, cello; Beth Pearson, cello; Suellen Hershman, flute; Katherine V. Matasy, clarinet; Ian Greitzer, clarinet; Cynthia Cummings, computer/conductor); Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; Gisèle Ben-Dor, conductor


For the last thirty-two years, I have been writing microtonal music. For the intervals—hitherto uncanonical in Western concert music—in those reaches of the harmonic series one and two octaves higher than the ones in which the classical tonal music of the seventeenth-to-nineteenth centuries was founded.

Between 1963 and 1973, because there were almost no instrumentalists who I could interest in my music, I wrote very little instrumental music, contenting myself with making taped pieces, often for dancers. Since then I have been fortunate enough to find players for whom to write. At the same time, I have seen developing in my music what I think is really a revolutionary system of tonality. It is a system with all the structural, rhetorical and affective capabilities of classical tonality, but without the dependence on the triad. It can, however, accommodate itself to and appropriate itself the materials and usages of tradition tonal practice just as tonal music can make use of the materials and ways of modal counterpoint. It uses a twenty-four-note scale, which, like the diatonic, is both asymmetrical in shape, and transposable, so as to begin on any step as an equally spaced chromatic (in this case, the seventy-two notes mentioned above). I have published descriptions of it in Computer Music Journal, vol. 12, no. 4, and Perspectives of New Music, vol. 29, no. 1 for those interested in knowing more.
—Ezra Sims


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

 

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Microtonal Music of Ezra Sims

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Track Listing

Quintet: I. Headlong
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Quintet: II. Placid & Meditative
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Quintet: III. Hell for leather
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Quintet: IV. Solid - sustained and floating
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Night Piece: In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni
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Solo in Four Movements: I. Introduction
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Solo in Four Movements: II. Oration
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Solo in Four Movements: III. Meditation
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Solo in Four Movements: IV. Conclusion
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Flight
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Concert Piece: Buoyant and insouciant
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Concert Piece: Still and timeless (nocturnal)
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Concert Piece: Intensely inward
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Concert Piece: Excited
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