Music of Marc-Antonio Consoli
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR789     Release Date: 1998-01-01
American Composers Orchestra; Gunther Schuller, Conductor; Onix Nuevo Ensemble de México: (Marta Fontes, cello; Omar Hernández-Hidalgo, viola; Julia Dinerschtein, violin; Baltazar Chavarría, clarinet; Alejandro Escuer, flute; Mauricio Náder, piano; Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor); The Louisville Orchestra; Lawrence Leighton Smith, Conductor

Marc-Antonio Consoli was born in Italy and came to the United States when he was fifteen. Music was an integral part of his family: his paternal grandfather had been a respected local amateur musician and organist at one of the town’s three churches, with his ten children as the choir. Consoli began his formal music studies in his early twenties, and went on to earn his doctor of musical arts from Yale University. While at Yale he founded, coached, and conducted the Yale Players for New Music. That ensemble performed a wide variety of twentieth-century works, a formative experience which helped mold and shape Consoli’s early creative years. From the start, Consoli sought a clear personal musical style. Following the obligatory serial phase, he spent two years in Poland, on a Fulbright Fellowship, absorbing what the Polish musical scene had to offer. Then, during the mid-70s, he began to look back to his Italian heritage and, in particular, its folk-songs. Thereafter, there is a growing release of emotion in his music through the use of folk materials. Mr. Consoli’s musical aesthetic involves dense sonorities, the result of musical strata built by combining tonal centers, meters (when any are used), and irregular-length contrapuntal lines. The thickness of the texture shifts from section to section according to the motion and structure of the music, creating a kind of floating lyricism on top of a stratum of complex harmonies and rhythms.


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Odefonia: I. -
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Odefonia: II. -
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Odefonia: III. -
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Pensieri Sospesi: I. -
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Pensieri Sospesi: II. -
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Pensieri Sospesi: III. -
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Afterimages: I. -
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Afterimages: II. -
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Afterimages: III. -
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