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The project “Lifework: A Unity” is an overview of Philip Corner’s music, performed by Ensemble Hodos, and covering the five periods of Mr. Corner’s music over five CDs to be released successively in 2014.
This is the 2nd volume – and first to be released – of the recorded documentation of Philip Corner’s music by Ensemble Hodos. The disc covers the years 1960-75, when Corner, just back from Europe, took an extensive part in the New York Fluxus scene, and started to experiment with graphic notations, indeterminacy, performance pieces and happenings.
The pieces in this volume are all in their own way challenging the notions of traditional music theory : “Crash Actions” and its companion piece “In Intimacy – Pulsation” are both dealing in a great variety of ways with the concept of pulsation ; “Punkt” as the title implies is only points, isolated sounds ; whereas “Compare with “Exquisitely Sloppy Om”” is one of the many developments of Corner’s explorations of one sound.
The disc comes with a booklet with extensive liner notes by Philip Corner and scores extracts.