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Lejaren Hiller: A Total Matrix of Possibilities

Album Summary

>Hiller, Lejaren : Computer Cantata, for voice & chamber ensemble
>Hiller, Lejaren : Quartet for Strings no 6
>Hiller, Lejaren : A Portfolio for Diverse Performers & Tape
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Lejaren Hiller (1924–1994) was a musically eclectic composer, often combining several different types of techniques in the same piece. In the mid-sixties, he asserted that his, "objective in composing music by means of computer programming is not the immediate realization of an aesthetic unity, but the providing and evaluating of techniques whereby this goal can eventually be realized. The three works contained in this collection - drawn from the CRI LP backcatalog—demonstrate his love of musical diversity and eclecticism. The works span a little more than a decade, from 1963 to 1974, which were amongst his greatest years as a composer.

Notes & Reviews:

REVIEWS:

The Wire (p.58) - "[H]e really understood the shapes and flows of energy, and these lively pieces never sound cerebrally detached or merely secondhand."

Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.60) - "Serialism and microtonality come into play on this album's opening piece, 1963's 'Computer Cantata....The overall effect is simultaneously somber and playful."



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Works Details

>Hiller, Lejaren : Computer Cantata, for voice & chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Helen Hamm; Lejaren Hiller
  • Conductor: Jack McKenzie
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Hiller, Lejaren : Quartet for Strings no 6
  • Performer: Lejaren Hiller
  • Running Time: 24 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1973

>Hiller, Lejaren : A Portfolio for Diverse Performers & Tape
  • Performer: Lejaren Hiller
  • Conductor: Gregg Smith
  • Running Time: 21 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974