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May 28, 2006


Daniel Wolf

There were a number of composers at mid-century using techniques that could be considered at least somewhat indeterminate with respect to performance in advance of either the New York School or the west coast experimentalists -- among them Milhaud, Hovhaness, Brant, Britten. With them in mind, it's interesting to reconsider such indeterminancy as a broader concern rather than a narrow preserve. From this perspective, there is indeed a continuum of shared interests, for example in loosening up an ensemble structure or extending rubato, which would include both Christian Wolff's cues and Britten's curlews.


I love this piece! And I just found by accident that it is possible to listen to the whole thing online here:


I used to share your opinion of "New Age" music. But I realize now that the the distinctions between that and other categories is pretty fluid and that good music can exist in any category. The main complaint against New Age music is usually that it is too simple. But that is what many say about Hovhannes as well.

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