Music of Luening, Ussachevsky & Bergsma
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL112     Release Date: 2010-04-01
Poem In Cycles And Bells by Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky was commissioned by conductor Alfred Wallenstein who, in 1954, requested a private hearing of the entire repertoire of tape music composed both jointly and separately by Messrs. Luening and Ussachevsky. He then suggested that two solo tape compositions “Fantasy in Space” (Luening) and “Sonic Contours” (Ussachevsky) could be changed and expanded into a single composition for tape recorder and symphony orchestra.

A Piece For Tape Recorder by Vladimir Ussachevsky fully exploits the instrument as a creative medium. Extensive blending of timbres, transposition of hitches, and a careful control of dynamic properties has resulted in a composition’ wherein little is recognizable as to the origin of the sounds. The materials have been economically used and carefully developed by means of electronic manipulation as well as by traditional, instrumental techniques of thematic development. The composer feels that the work requires no elaborate explanation in order to he appreciated, although, he says, “a variety of subjective interpretations is indeed welcomed from each listener according to his own taste and imagination”.

Suite From “King Lear” by Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky - When called upon by Orson Welles to provide an abstract background score for his New York City Center production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” the composers found it necessary to develop a good deal of new material, tailoring it to the director’s conception. From a total of between forty and fifty cues used in the play, this recorded excerpt has been drawn.

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Various Artists

Music of Luening, Ussachevsky & Bergsma

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Track Listing

Poem in Cycles and Bells
Vladimir Ussachevsky
Piece for Tape Recorder
Vladimir Ussachevsky
Suite from "King Lear"
Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky
Fortunate Islands
William Bergsma

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