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Barton Mclean: Forgotten Shadows / The Mclean Mix, Et Al


Release Date: 05/23/2000 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 846   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Barton McLean
Performer:  Keith NotrabBarton McLeanE. Michael RichardsBarbara De Chario,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The McLean Mix
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc explores what composer Barton McLean calls "aspects of celebration, ritual, or ceremony that bring people together."
McLean's 'Ritual of Dawn,' scored for winds, harp and piano, is a re-creation of an ancient religious ceremony. This is delicately shaded music with a gentle, hypnotic pulse. 'Forgotten Shadows' samples sound bytes taken from an art exhibition, juxtaposed with snippets of tunes that were popular in the first quarter of the 20th century. Strange as this may sound, it does work. The variety of sound images wed to the familiar old tunes makes for an Ives-like sonic collage.
Best of all is 'Happy Days,' a lighthearted work scored for a battery of buzzers, horns, whistles, music boxes and synthesizers. Once again,
Read more McLean weaves dizzying patterns of sound that swirl with a quirky rhythm and soothe with melodic grace. This is provocative music with a playful, child-like heart. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ritual of the Dawn by Barton McLean
Performer:  Keith Notrab (Percussion), Barton McLean (Piano), E. Michael Richards (Clarinet),
Barbara De Chario (Harp), Linda Greene (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984/1996; USA 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  State University of New York at Geneseo 
Length: 15 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This composition is a sound collage. 
2.
Forgotten Shadows by Barton McLean
Performer:  Priscilla McLean (Electronics), Barton McLean (Electronics)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The McLean Mix
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995-1998; USA 
Date of Recording: 1995-98 
Venue:  Maclean Mix Studio, Petersburgh, NY 
Length: 39 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Happy Days by Barton McLean
Performer:  Priscilla McLean (Slide Whistle), Priscilla McLean (Percussion), Priscilla McLean (Flexatone),
Barton McLean (Party Horn), Priscilla McLean (Clappers), Barton McLean (Siren),
Priscilla McLean (Siren), Priscilla McLean (Whistle), Barton McLean (Flexatone),
Barton McLean (Keyboard), Priscilla McLean (Electronics), Barton McLean (Electronics),
Priscilla McLean (Wood Block), Priscilla McLean (Music Box)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The McLean Mix
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Maclean Mix Studio, Petersburgh, NY 
Length: 11 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This work is performed on music boxes. 

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