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Robert Scott Thompson
Meridian (Chamber Music Works)
Total Time: 63:24
Record Label: Aucourant Records
Catalog Number: AUREC 9907
UPC: 649783990728
Type: PRO CD-R
Released: 1999

$11.98

Meridian features works for reduced forces, solos and duos, composed during the period from 1989 to 1997. The selection of the works for this disc was informed by a desire to feature several instruments and contrasting compositions which exploit their unique properties and potentials.

Meridian : for solo flute - is a virtuostic expression which features microtonal passages within the overall formal design. The musical language is quasi-serial and derives from a set of distinct sonorities which underpin the evolving melodic utterance.

Nexi : for violin and viola - is concerned with the confluence of linear structure and is comprised of several short sections though is continuous in sound.

Canto (de Las Sombras) : for clarinet and computer generated tape - features the sounds of the acoustic clarinet in juxtaposition with transformed variants of them in the tape part. Numerous reasonably sophisticated techniques were used to create the prerecorded sounds.

Polychroma : for piano - is concerned with the evolving resonances of the instrument itself, as a kind of reverberation chamber. The work is based loosely on the formal design of the baroque rondeau, an early example of the rondo principle, yet is decidedly dodecaphonic in terms of pitch and sonority.

Sutras : for violin solo - is an extended work in four sections inspired by Patanjali’s philosophical tract Yoga Sutras. The materials of this work, pitches and rhythms, are created by the application of stochastic processes.

Re-mastered in 2007.

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