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Crackpot Hymnal

Corigliano Quartet , John Blacklow , The Amernet String Quartet , Daniel Schlosberg , Illinois Modern Ensemble , Kevin Weng-Yew Mayner , Dmitri Tymoczko , Stephen Taylor Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Stephen Taylor
  • Composer: Dmitri Tymoczko
  • Audio CD (March 1, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bridge Records, Inc.
  • ASIN: B00B61R7QW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This diverse collection of Dmitri Tymoczko's music is introduced by the composer: These days, we can carry the whole history of music in our pockets, Beethoven, Nancarrow, Coltrane and the Beatles rubbing shoulders on our phones. What sort of music should we write? Whatever we want, of course, but for me the answer has to involve this new diversity. I want to make music that weaves between stylistic poles in a way that is unexpected and entertaining not pastiche, but an attempt to find hidden roads connecting the familiar places we love. A music that takes up the classical disciplines of harmony, counterpoint, and development with just the slightest hint of a raised eyebrow, so that listeners are confronted with a strange superposition of sincerity and irony. Dmitri Tymoczko's Beat Therapy is also available on BRIDGE 9353

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5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling music July 26, 2013
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The name Dmitri Tymoczko (b. 1969) will probably be as new to you as it was to me, he is an American composer and music theorist and since 2002, professor of music at Princeton. While he is probably better known for his writings, this is the second disc of his music to appear on the American Bridge label. In his music, Tymoczko seeks to break down conceived ideas of classical music, producing a syntheses of modern classical post minimalist, classical romanticism, jazz and rock, it might sound a bit contrived, but give it time to sink in and the results are both entertaining and rewarding.
The disc contains four works, three of which contain a string quartet, so those who know me will identify why this disc was of interest to me! The first work The Eggman Variations is for string quartet and piano, and expertly performed here by the Corigliano Quartet and John Blacklow. It has three movements and is an ideal introduction to the music of the composer, as it not only gives us examples of his more attacking and experimental style, especially in the first movement, Pentatonia, where he utilises the 5-note scale in various and unusual ways, as well as the more contemplative music to be found in the touching memorial to his father to be found in the opening of the second movement.
The second work on the disc is a seven movement piece for string quartet and double bass entitled Typecase Treasury, the third movement gives this disc its title. This is an interesting work, less percussive than Eggman, it did at times remind me of the style of Michael Nyman's string quartet writing, though not the music itself, while the double base gives the music added gravitas. It is played here by the Amernet Quartet and Kevin Weng-Yew Mayer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, great fun August 5, 2013
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If I had to sum up Dmitri Tymoczko's music in a phrase, I'd say it's serious music that doesn't take itself seriously. At least, that's the impression this new release of Tymoczko's chamber music left with me.

All the works on Crackpot Hymnal are carefully constructed, with plenty of substance and depth. But the basic building blocks borrowed from rock, jazz, blues, gospel, and even movie soundtracks. It's all blended together in a heady mixture of high-energy gravitas that I found irresistable.

And then there are the titles: "Crackpot Hymnal," "This One was Supposed to be Atonal.. "(from Typecase Treasury), "A Roiling Worm of Sound" (from Eggman Variations)... Great stuff!

Each of the four works are musical gems. Another Fantastic Voyage, for chamber orchestra and piano, captures the essence of 50's sci-fi movie scores without resorting to either parody or quotations. Typecase Treasury, written for string quartet plus bass, is a compendium of styles, each movement exploring a different subgenre of music. The piano quintet Eggman Variations begins with a simple diatonic pattern and ends in, well, a roiling worm of sound.

Crackpot Hymnal is serious fun.
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