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Tymoczko: Rube Goldberg Variations / Flexible Music, Atlantic Brass Quintet, Amernet String Quartet

Release Date: 01/19/2018 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9492  
Composer:  Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  John BlacklowMatthew Bengtson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music EnsembleAtlantic Brass QuintetAmernet String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dmitri Tymoczko's "Rube Goldberg Variations" presents three recent chamber works in brilliant performances. Dmitri Tymoczko is a composer and music theorist who teaches at Princeton University. His book "A Geometry of Music (Oxford)" has been described as “a tour de force” (The Times Literary Supplement), and a “monumental achievement” (Music Theory Online). Annotator Mark Keresman writes that "Mr. Tymoczko is of the generation of composers for whom soundtrack music for films and cartoons, assorted eras of jazz, and rock carry as much literal or existential weight as the European and American notated traditions oft-referred to as 'classical'. In addition to “Rube Goldberg Variations,” this release presents his Read more equally impressive works “S Sensation Something,” and “I Cannot Follow.” Flexible Music, Atlantic Brass Quintet, and Amernet Quartet are all no strangers to contemporary music, including that of Tymoczko, and brilliantly interpret these exciting works. Read less

Works on This Recording

i cannot follow ... by Dmitri Tymoczko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Rube Goldberg Variations by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  John Blacklow (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlantic Brass Quintet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
S Sensation Something by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Matthew Bengtson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amernet String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Finely crafted fun March 16, 2020 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "There are two qualities I admire in Dmitri Tymoczko -- his sense of humor, and his craftsmanship. Tymoczko's titles are often humorous - like the title track on this release. But his humor also extends into the music. Several of his works have a light-hearted quality to them. These works sound like they were fun to compose, and fun to play. And that's where craftsmanship matter. Because Tymocko's music isn't written to support the gag titles. Rather, they take an essential part of that title and develop it in interesting and imaginative ways. And that makes (in my opinion) Tymockzko's music worthy of attention -- and repeated hearing. According to Tymoczko, "I Cannot Follow" was inspired by a line in a 16th Century madrigal. In that work, it was a lament that the narrator couldn't follow his deceased beloved. The work begins with the instruments -- saxophone, guitar, vibraphone, and piano -- echoing each other in simple imitation. But over time, the imitations begin to change, and eventually breaks off. Tymoczko's music has both a literal interpretation of the title as well as the deeper meaning of the source material. "S Sensation Something" is a work of exceptional beauty for piano quintet. The title develops a single letter into two different words. The music develops a simple, consonant melody in a similar fashion. As the work progresses, the melody is repurposed and reharmonized with increasing dissonance. It then returns in a transformed state at the end. The title track, "Rube Goldberg Variations" references both J.S. Bach and the cartoonist who created outlandishly useless machines. Tymoczko uses a brass quintet to keep things moving with angular, "robotic" music (that's the Rube Goldberg part). A prepared piano plays throughout, gradually shedding its modifying accessories -- paperclips, erasers, etc. By the end of the work, the natural sound of the piano emerges in a variations-to-theme structure (that's the J.S. Bach part). Tymoczko's music speaks to the listener on several levels. And, I think, it appeals to all kinds of listeners. In addition to classical audiences, these works should appeal to fans of progressive jazz and rock -- especially Frank Zappa fans. Tymoczko writes classical music truly relevant to today's audiences." Report Abuse
 Dmitri Tymoczko's Unusual Music  April 29, 2018 By Art Music Lady See All My Reviews "Tymoczko’s music sounds a bit nutty but in a really good way! He is obviously a composer who does not lack a sense of humor: one of his previous CDs is titled Crackpot Hymnal. He is that rarest of modern composers, one whose music invites listeners to enjoy what he writes rather than to aim at something so esoteric that it sounds a bit forbidding. You REALLY need to hear this CD. It will turn your ears around. --Lynn Rene Bayley, see my full review at https://artmusiclounge.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/dmitri-tymoczkos-unusual-music/" Report Abuse
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