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Michael Gordon, cofounder of New York's Bang On A Can Festival, is one of the American composers to emerge in the late 20th century under the influence of minimalism and rock and roll. His music, much of it for amplified chamber ensembles, typically employs small pitch groups or melodic fragments and uses them in repeated but rhythmically varied opposition to one another. 'Weather' is derived from a multi-media work commissioned for the German Ensemble Resonanz in which director Elliot Caplan placed the orchestra on narrow, multi-tiered scaffolding so that they were seated vertically, playing above and below one another rather than side to side.
Musically, this does not seem to be the four seasons, but rather an extended, overcast winter
of discontent and sadness, indeed, two of the four movements are designated "in memoriam" and the score is punctuated by the sound of distant thunder. There is a strong emotional presence, brought out forcefully by the great playing of the Ensemble Resonanz. Gordon decided to record the piece after it went on tour and to use the resources of the recording studio to their fullest, pop style, and it works. Read less
Works on This Recording
Weather by Michael Gordon
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1997; USA
Date of Recording: 12/1997
Venue: Sound Studio N, Cologne, Germany
Length: 62 Minutes 47 Secs.
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