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Cage: Chess Pieces - Johnson: Rational Melodies / Trio Omphalos

Release Date: 10/13/2017 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 73702  
Composer:  John CageTom Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Omphalos
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Trio Omphalos has been performing original and exciting programs with new music since it was founded in 2006 – with the rare lineup of clarinet, drums and piano. The trio discovered John Cage’s “Chess Pieces” in 2012, a graphic image composition by Cage that the pianist Margret Lang Tan translated into a piano version. Trio Omphalos has created an expressive and colourful trio version out of this transcription. Tom Johnson’s graceful and wonderful Rational Melodies build the bridge between compositions of John Cage. The lucid, joyous questioning of music is at the core of Tom Johnson’s own composition as well. As with "Rational Melodies“, "Chess Pieces“ lends itself to being divided among different instruments, and one can hear in Read more both recordings how creative Trio Omphalos has been in their arrangements. In each ‘rational melody’ Johnson applies a single process to a simple, formal musical idea - adding notes, subtracting notes, counting notes, expanding phrases, contracting phrases, adding rhythmic complexity – and then stands back from the process, as it fills out the melody over time. Read less

Works on This Recording

Chess Pieces by John Cage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Omphalos
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Rational Melodies by Tom Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Omphalos
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982 
Dances (4) for Voice, Prepared Piano and Percussion by John Cage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Omphalos
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Counting Duets: No. 2 by Tom Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Omphalos

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