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Brant: Western Springs, Orbits, Hieroglyphics 3

Release Date: 07/20/1999 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 827   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Henry Brant
Performer:  Bryant AllardSteve KnopoffBret SandersMarvin Nakajama,   ... 
Conductor:  Henry BrantThomas NeeAmy SnyderDavid Chase,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Jolla Symphony OrchestraLa Jolla ChorusBay Bones Trombone Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Falling proudly in the tradition of eccentric American composers that stretches back past Charles Ives, Henry Brant has spent his career experimenting with spatial organization, unusual combinations of timbre, and juxtapositions of different musical styles. Each of his works is one-of-a-kind, and is often linked closely to a particular location. Such site-specific works, carefully plotting the listener's relation to sounds that often come from all sides, cannot translate perfectly to the medium of recording (separating your speakers as far as possible is recommended!), so a leap of imagination is necessary to experience the works reissued here.
'Orbits,' recorded at its 1979 premiere, is scored for 80 trombones--deployed both in massive
Read more unisons and complex counterpoint--organ and wordless soprano. Brant finds timbral variety within the trombone family and juxtaposes the sustained tones of these instruments with grotesque organ punctuations. In 'Hieroglyphics 3,' a solo viola takes the foreground--actually playing from several locations in the hall--alternating lyrical and more explosive music against an improvising organ and other accompaniments in independent tempi. The longest and most recent work here, 'Western Springs' from 1984, adds two jazz combos and choruses with a text about geysers and the western landscape. This disc is an important document of a unique composer.
Fanfare (1-2/00, pp.220-221) - "...This is one of the best introductions to Brant one can get, and one of the very few that give him an entire disc....An improtant part of our musical history, and great fun too." Read less

Works on This Recording

Western Springs by Henry Brant
Performer:  Bryant Allard (Trumpet), Steve Knopoff (Trombone), Bret Sanders (Drums),
Marvin Nakajama (Trombone), Rick Glascock (Drums), Ed Morris (Soprano Saxophone),
John De Carli (Trumpet), Steve Irby (Baritone Saxophone), Walt Gillespie (Tenor Saxophone),
Julie Miwa (Alto Saxophone), Art Fisher (Alto Saxophone), Christopher Klick (Soprano Saxophone),
Ladd El Wardani (Tenor Saxophone), Mimi Dominguez (Baritone Saxophone)
Conductor:  Henry Brant,  Thomas Nee,  Amy Snyder,  David Chase
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Jolla Symphony Orchestra,  La Jolla Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD, San Diego 
Length: 37 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is a DAD recording. 
Orbits by Henry Brant
Performer:  Henry Brant (Organ), Amy Snyder (Voice)
Conductor:  Gerhard Samuel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bay Bones Trombone Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1979 
Venue:  St Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 20 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Hieroglyphics 3 by Henry Brant
Performer:  Jacob Glick (Viola), Henry Brant (Organ), Catherine Satterlee (Mezzo Soprano),
Phyllis Martin Pearson (Vibraphone), Phyllis Martin Pearson (Piano), Louis Calabro (Timpani),
Marianne Finckel (Harpsichord), Louis Calabro (Chimes)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 

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