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Stockhausen: Michael's Farewell, Etc / Wallace, Powell


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  Deux-elles   Catalog #: 1039   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Andrew PowellRoger SmalleyTim SousterKarlheinz Stockhausen
Performer:  John WallaceAndrew Powell
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Andrew Powell's Plasmogeny II was commissioned by John Wallace and first performed by him and the composer at the University of Richmond, Virginia in May, 1999. The tape part uses sounds from many sources, including Wallace's trumpet electronically modulated: the live electronics enable the sound of the trumpet to be altered, phrases played by the soloist to be repeated, and also enable the soloist to play in harmony (up to 4-part) with himself. Roger Smalley's Echo III was written for Gordon Webb who gave the first performance in July 1978, while visiting the University of Western Australia as Musician-in-Residence. For this piece, the trumpeter stands center stage. Everything he plays is recorded and played back twice, at intervals of 5 Read more seconds (from the left loudspeaker) and 10 seconds (from the right loudspeaker). In musical terms this technical set-up gives rise to a strict 3-part canon, which may be more or less obvious according to the nature of the trumpet's musical material. Tim Souster's The Transistor Radio of St. Narcissus grew out of the composer's close working relationship with John Wallace, who commissioned the work and gave the first performance in 1983. The idea of the mirror image either in pitch or in time dominates the work, relating to the title which refers to a passage in Thomas Pynchon's book The Crying of Lot 49, where the heroine is reminded, by the layout of a brand-new housing development in southern California, of her first sight of a printed circuitboard when she once opened up a transistor radio. Stockhausen's Michael's Farewell is the postlude to Thursday from Light. At the first performance of the opera at La Scala in 1981, the players performed the work from 2 roof terraces on the La Scala building, and 3 balconies around the square. The work is dedicated to the trumpeter Marcus Stockhausen, the composer's son. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Plasmogeny II by Andrew Powell
Performer:  John Wallace (Trumpet), Andrew Powell (Synthesizer)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; England 
Notes: This selection also features electronic instruments and pre-recorded tape. 
2. Echo III by Roger Smalley
Performer:  John Wallace (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978 
Notes: This selection also features electronic tape. 
3. The Transistor Radio of St. Narcissus by Tim Souster
Performer:  Andrew Powell (Synthesizer), John Wallace (Flugelhorn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982-1983 
4. Donnerstag aus Licht: Michaels Abscheid by Karlheinz Stockhausen
Performer:  Andrew Powell (Synthesizer), John Wallace (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978-1980; Germany 

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