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March 04, 2006


david toub

Nice post. I've always been a great fan of Music in Twelve Parts. For ages, all that was available was the first two parts on an old LP, and I then obtained reel-to-reel tapes from WNYC-FM of a live performance of the entire piece, and it's interesting to hear the difference from the CD set that is currently available. Obviously, with post-production, a lot of the gaps in the wind playing can be filled in (without circular breathing, it's not possible to maintain the repetitive streams for long, I would think). Part 4, with its second section that contains, I believe, some improvisation, sounds quite different in the older performance. I like them both, but it's striking to see how they differ.

Twelve Parts really laid a lot of the groundwork for Einstein, particularly Part 12, since there is considerable modulation. I'd also say the same for Another Look at Harmony, which is also an excellent work from that period. I miss the 70's, I guess.

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