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Montague: Snakebite / At the White Edge of Phrygia / Varshavian Autumn / Behold a Pale Horse

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1. Snakebite
2. At The White Edge Of Phrygia
3. Varshavian Autumn - The Chor Of The Orch Of St. John's, Smith Square
4. Behold A Pale Horse - Christopher Bowers-Broadbent

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  • Performer: Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, The Choir of the Orchestra of St.John's
  • Orchestra: Smith Square Orchestra of St.John's
  • Conductor: John Lubbock
  • Composer: Stephen Montague
  • Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ASV
  • ASIN: B0000030X9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner VINE VOICE on February 24, 2002
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Whether it be works for tape, tape and instrument, instrument and electronics or instruments alone, the music of American born composer Stephen Montague is never anything other than highly listenable. In many ways, this man redefines the term ‘accessible’, whilst at the same time maintaining a high level of musical intensity, having written some of the most expressive works of modern music that you're likely to find. Whilst remaining adventurous, there is certainly nothing on this particular release to frighten even the most conservative music lover. Indeed, much of what is here ought to delight most who hear it (whether conservative in their taste or not!)
The disc contains four medium-scale works for chamber forces, all taking their inspiration from other musical works or styles, yet maintaining something distinctly original. The first, "Snakebite", for chamber orchestra, dates from 1995. It was inspired by memories of time spent in Austin, Texas and begins as an engaging yet complex work for the concert hall based on the traditional Texas fiddle tune, "Dusty Miller". The work’s title refers to a story that the composer was told by an old cowboy about the way that Plains Indians dealt with rattlesnake bites: by immediately lying down, closing their eyes, and willing their heartbeat to slow — and then staying like that for 18 hours until the poison had dispersed! This story element is worked into the piece through the introduction of a ‘poison tune’, in a different key to the rodeo tune, which gradually 'infects' each player in turn, slowing their playing until eventually poor Dusty is put entirely on hold, replaced by an alien, lyrical element.
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Not only did I go to college with this guy, I have been to Sweetwater, Texas, which plays a large part in one of his compositions. He is going to make a mark in contemporary composition and this is one that is quite a good example
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