Lifework : A Unity 1. Culture (Tradition, Assimilation) 1950-59 (CD)


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“Lifework: A Unity – Ensemble Hodos plays Philip Corner” presents a retrospective of the American composer Philip Corner’s work. He is a prolific musician rich of eclectic experience, reinforced by his close link with John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, James Tenney, Javanese gamelan, Korean calligraphy, and improvised music.

His work is organized chronologically and thematically in five parts, which have been used as frame for the work of the Ensemble Hodos. This record is the documentation of the first period of Philip Corner’s work, covering the years from 1950 to 1959. This is a learning period for the composer (working side by side with Henry Cowell and Olivier Messiaen), but also the beginning of his experimentations, using indeterminacy to escape the rigour of formal serialism.

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Fidel Fourneyron, Joris Rühl, Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Sébastien Beliah


Ensemble Hodos


Pierre-Antoine Badaroux
Félicie Bazelaire
Sébastien Beliah
Fidel Fourneyron
Elodie Gaudet
Brice Pichard
Joris Rühl


Ensemble Hodos


  1. Two-Part Monologues, N°2 (1957, 3:19)
  2. Pieces for String Instruments, N°7 (1958, 22:44)
  3. Two-Part Monologues, N°3 (1957, 5:19)
  4. 148 Equal Measures (Late 50s, 7:35)


Pierre-Antoine Badaroux : alto saxophone (1,4)
Félicie Bazelaire : cello (2)
Sébastien Beliah : double bass (2)
Fidel Fourneyron : trombone (4)
Elodie Gaudet : viola (1-3)
Brice Pichard : trumpet (4)
Joris Rühl : clarinets(1-4)

Composition : Philip Corner
Recording : Paris . May 24th-25th 2014
Engineering : Lucie Laricq
Mixing : Pierre-Antoine Badaroux and Sébastien Beliah
Design : Raffaëlle Bloch