Vicissitudes
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Music that is at once sophisticated and direct in its approach to the listener.

Wayne Peterson's music is that of a composer who embraces and takes delight in the hands-on process of making music, especially as it relates to the combinations and interactions of various instruments and their sonic possibilities. In a very real sense the musical ideas appear to evolve naturally from these capabilities without in any way being limited by them. As he writes in the program notes for Duodecaphony for viola and cello, "I welcomed the opportunity to address anew the problems of melody, counterpoint, harmony and timbre as they applied to this somewhat restricted choice of strings." A winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his orchestral work The Face of the Night, the Heart of the Dark, Peterson's music is marked by a wonderful rhythmic fluidity, which derives from his experience as an accomplished jazz pianist. Perhaps most importantly, Wayne Peterson's musical language is at once sophisticated and direct in its approach to the listener; it never compromises its basic integrity. In his hands the instruments are agents of luminous beauty, beckoning us to even deeper aesthetic pleasures. Peterson's music can also be heard on TROY601, 689 and 766.
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Wayne Peterson, composer
Vicissitudes
New York New Music Ensemble

Wayne Peterson, composer
Duodecaphony
New York New Music Ensemble

Wayne Peterson, composer
Labyrinth
New York New Music Ensemble

Wayne Peterson, composer
Capriccio
New York New Music Ensemble

Wayne Peterson, composer
Diptych
New York New Music Ensemble

Review:
"Petersen controls his material superbly, and the ensemble is sparkling in its precision." (American Record Guide)
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