On the firstname.lastname@example.org email list, The Oak of the Golden Dreams was compared to Charelemagne Palestine or LaMonte Young. The Database of Recorded American Music quotes the liner notes to say that it was a drone with a modal improvisation, in the manner of John Coltrane's sheets of sound. Te music was played on, for the time, state of the art electronics called the "Buchla Electronic Music System."
The Poz Life doesn't like the music of Charles Ives. He was supposed to yet again play an Ives string quartet at a chamber music workshop but managed to be able to play something else. Clearly, too much Ives is a problem for all of us...
...first, I listened to John Adams' Naive and Sentimental Music, performed by the L.A. Philharmonic, as I drove south down routes 7 and 22A. The blend of Coplandish Americana and French Romanticism fit perfectly with Vermont's rural sophistication.
Andrew Clements of the Guardian says Naive and Sentimental Music 's orchestration is "subtle" and "transparent" and from a "visionary."
Allan Kozinn reviews a concert by the Locrian Chamber Players including "Make Prayers to the Raven" by John Luther Adams, not to be confused with John Adams of Berkeley. He says the piece avoids sinking into New Age by its varied textures.
Listed as the "top tune" by Kalvos from a total of 100 desert island selections. And his compatriot Damian chooses Terry Riley's "In C" as #1 (and Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats" as #23). Both lists have well-known modern works as well as the obscure. Damian also lists Ollivier Messiaen's colossal "Turangalîla Symphony" as #3.
A music major complains that drum corps can be too avant-garde, with a hodge-podge of works, including Barber's Adagio and Prayers of Kierkegaard.