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OCTAGON Volume I TROY130 - Price: $16.99
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For fans of the avant-garde, this is the "newest" music.

Octagon is the new music ensemble of the University of California. It offers an important opportunity to young composers and performers in the UC system. The group creates a pre-professional opportunity to explore a large body of new literature from composers at the University of California. The works chosen for performances represent a broad spectrum of styles from the most experimental to the most traditional. The ensemble tours annually throughout the University of California system and elsewhere.
Contents:
Miguel Chuaqui, composer
Juego
Octagon Ensemble, Nicole Paiement and Zelman Bokser, conductors


Kevin Doe, composer
Solstice Fragments
Octagon Ensemble, Nicole Paiement and Zelman Bokser, conductors


Ellen Harrison, composer
La Cité du Globe Captif
Octagon Ensemble, Nicole Paiement and Zelman Bokser, conductors


Angela Jelliffe, composer
The Chinese Teapot Teaches Patience
Octagon Ensemble, Nicole Paiement and Zelman Bokser, conductors


Keith Kothman, composer
G-R-K
Octagon Ensemble, Nicole Paiement and Zelman Bokser, conductors


Cesar Andres Mateus-Vasquez, composer
A Song Cycle
Octagon Ensemble, Nicole Paiement and Zelman Bokser, conductors


Jonathan Santore, composer
Divertimento
Octagon Ensemble, Nicole Paiement and Zelman Bokser, conductors


Kevin Stevens, composer
Death of a Soldier
Octagon Ensemble, Nicole Paiement and Zelman Bokser, conductors

Review:
"These two discs (133 & 130) assemble works by fourteen young composers, scored for a variety of forces: the players listed on the back of the discs cover flutes, clarinets, bassoon, horn, percussion, voice, and strings. It's obviously an immensely valuable undertaking, and is an endeavor that should be widely emulated elsewhere; and Albany's adventurous involvement in the project should also be clamorously applauded. The trouble lies in the music itself. Although more or less every piece seems capably enough written, all the composers more than able to produce atmosphere and color, that seems to be the principal aim of all of them. Though, almost without exception, I enjoyed the music as it went past, I found little to remember afterward." (Fanfare)
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