Saturday, May 12, 2012

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Charles Ives

"Of all the otherworldly sounds that composers invented in the twentieth century, nothing quite matches the cosmic shudder of the opening of Charles Ives's unfinished "Universe Symphony," in which nineteen percussionists and a piccolist, each playing in a different meter and at at a different tempo, generate a swirling nebula of rhythm."

~Alex Ross

Universe Symphony (completed by L. Austin) by Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra on Grooveshark

dedicated to Susan Arnold

photo : Halley Erskine/Yale University

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