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The Philosophy of Composition

The Philosophy of Composition

Works for Violoncello and Piano


Friedrich Gauwerky: violoncello / Daan Vandewalle: piano


  • Edition: CD
  • Year: 2018
  • Order No.: WER 73612
€18.50  *
Incl. VAT and excl. shipping Weight: 0.11 kg

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description
Michael Blake is South African composition’s most important link to the American and British experimental traditions of the second half of the twentieth century. It is a connection that derives as much from the composer’s temperament and aesthetic sensibility, as from more conscious decisions relating to the socio-political positioning of composition.

As regards the former, Blake’s affinity with composers like Charles Ives and John Cage precedes his mature engagements with these composers through an embrace of certain qualities of openness relating to musical structure and material that can be heard throughout the works recorded on this CD.

Blake’s composition “song without words” (1972) demonstrates deconstruction, playfulness, irregularity (rhythmically and in other musical parameters), irony and a postmodern referential sensibility.

Apart from “song without words”, the seven other works recorded on this CD date from between 2008 and 2016, a period of mature compositional activity book-ended by the composer’s retirement to the village of Hout Bay near Cape Town late in 2008, and relocation to France in 2015.

First Recordings

Co-production: Deutschlandradio
Details
Content text: The Philosophy of Composition (in memory of Don Maclennan) for violoncello and piano
The Richter Scale for violoncello solo
Sonata (Hours with the Masters) for violoncello and piano
A Fractured Landscape (in memoriam Edward Said) for piano
Connectivity for violoncello and piano
Pentimenti for violoncello solo and imagined accompaniment
Song Without Words for violoncello and piano
Seventh must Fall for piano
EAN: 4010228736120
Performance duration: 64'34"
Publisher: Wergo
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Michael Blake is South African composition’s most important link to the American and British experimental traditions of the second half of the twentieth century. It is a connection that derives as much from the composer’s temperament and aesthetic sensibility, as from more conscious decisions relating to the socio-political positioning of composition.

As regards the former, Blake’s affinity with composers like Charles Ives and John Cage precedes his mature engagements with these composers through an embrace of certain qualities of openness relating to musical structure and material that can be heard throughout the works recorded on this CD.

Blake’s composition “song without words” (1972) demonstrates deconstruction, playfulness, irregularity (rhythmically and in other musical parameters), irony and a postmodern referential sensibility.

Apart from “song without words”, the seven other works recorded on this CD date from between 2008 and 2016, a period of mature compositional activity book-ended by the composer’s retirement to the village of Hout Bay near Cape Town late in 2008, and relocation to France in 2015.

First Recordings

Co-production: Deutschlandradio
Content text: The Philosophy of Composition (in memory of Don Maclennan) for violoncello and piano
The Richter Scale for violoncello solo
Sonata (Hours with the Masters) for violoncello and piano
A Fractured Landscape (in memoriam Edward Said) for piano
Connectivity for violoncello and piano
Pentimenti for violoncello solo and imagined accompaniment
Song Without Words for violoncello and piano
Seventh must Fall for piano
EAN: 4010228736120
Performance duration: 64'34"
Publisher: Wergo