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Paul Whitty: Thirty-nine Pages / Darragh Morgan, Mary Dullea


Release Date: 08/11/2009 
Label:  Metier   Catalog #: 28509   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh MorganMary Dullea
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Paul Whitty was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1970. He has achieved an impressive amount of performances and his work has been taken up by a host of leading ensembles and featured at many contemporary music festivals. 

Whitty has written, “Recently I have been engaged in a series of interventions in pre-existing contexts - re-reading, re-organising, re-categorising, re-distributing and re-sounding the Read more materials that I have found there. These contexts can be scores, actual physical sites or instruments. In the violin and piano duo thirty-nine pages (2005-2007) I re-organised each page of the Henle Urtext Edition of Cesar Franck's Sonata for violin and piano in A Major”.

I have no problem with this kind of de–construction, perhaps Whitty might prefer the word ‘re–evaluation’, of already existing material and what we have here is a fascinating look at an old friend. That we can barely recognize the old friend is neither here nor there for the Franck Sonata is only the stepping off point for Whitty’s work – I hesitate to call it a composition. 

Thirty–nine pages consists of 39 (or is it 38?) pages, which can be performed in any order, the longest playing for a little over 5 minutes, the shortest being 10 seconds. It’s an oddly engaging work and whilst there’s very little for the listener to latch on to – such as melody, harmony or counterpoint – there is sufficient material to keep one wanting to hear more. I should also point out that if you’re hoping to hear any part of the Franck Sonata that work is well hidden except for the very occasional fleeting glance. 

What we have here is, in general, a kind of meditation, with minimal movement. Think of an even more static Morton Feldman but without the forward motion of the American, and you’ve got some idea of what to expect. But it’s not without its moments of humour, which are obviously intentional. 

This is not any easy listen, however, for the source material is so well hidden that the various sections, or pages, have little, or no, relationship to each other except the sparseness of notes, and, as each page is separated by a silence, there’s little continuity in the classical sense. Despite this, the music is compelling in a strangely hypnotic and disturbing way. Even more disturbing is that in the brief notes the composer writes, “the thirty–eight pages (of a piece called thirty–nine pages) can be played in any combination and in any order”, which is odd in itself. What is truly worrying is that the final track (no.38) contains pages five to forty three. How’s that for screwing up your perceptions of what you’re listening to? 

This isn’t a work to be listened to for pleasure alone for the whole layout of the piece leaves much to the listener’s imagination, and much work must be done by the listener. One can have hours of fun re–arranging the order of the tracks to get a different perspective on the music and I am sure that this is what the composer would want you to do. 

In the long run, I don’t think that it matters in what way you listen to this piece as long as you listen to it and give the music time to get inside you. The performances are very fine, both musicians sustaining brief lines which seem to hang in the air as if suspended in nothingness. I am not sure how often I will return to this work for it is a hard listen but it will, once one becomes familiar with it, be worth the work you have to put into the experience.

-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Thirty-nine pages by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005-2009 
2. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page five by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Mary Dullea (Piano), Darragh Morgan (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page fourteen by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty-four by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page seven by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page eighteen by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page forty-three by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twenty-three by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty-three by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twenty-six by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page forty-two by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
12. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twenty-one by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty-five by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
14. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page nine by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
15. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twenty-two by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
16. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty-nine by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
17. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page seventeen by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 18 Secs. 
18. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page forty-one by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
19. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page nineteen by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 27 Secs. 
20. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twenty-eight by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 27 Secs. 
21. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twenty-nine and page forty by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
22. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twelve by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
23. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
24. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page eight by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
25. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twenty by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
26. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty-one by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
27. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page six by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
28. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page sixteen by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs. 
29. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty-eight by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
30. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page fifteen by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
31. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty-six by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
32. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page eleven by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
33. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twenty-seven by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 41 Secs. 
34. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty-seven by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 21 Secs. 
35. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirteen and page twenty-five by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
36. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page thirty-two by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 15 Secs. 
37. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page ten by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
38. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page twenty-four by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Darragh Morgan (Violin), Mary Dullea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
39. Thirty-Nine Pages: Page five to page forty-three by Paul Whitty
Performer:  Mary Dullea (Piano), Darragh Morgan (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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