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Pseudosynthesis - Hulse: Pinch, Sunstone, etc / Gould, May, et al

Album Summary

>Hulse, Brian : Pinch, for piano
>Hulse, Brian : Seastone, for violin & guitar
>Hulse, Brian : For Rumi, for flute & piano
>Hulse, Brian : Sweat, for guitar & piano
>Hulse, Brian : Sunstone, for violin, guitar & piano
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Brian Huse says in his notes on the music: "If the music on this recording is "for" anything, besides simply being for itself, it is for remembering the quirky, the impure, the rogue, and the ambulant of music. It is for a vision of music as a theater of sound-sensation in which what happens is not determined in advance and not bound by neat categories." Hulse, a PhD in composition from Harvard is currently assistant professor of music at the College of William & Mary. Among his compositions are numerous chamber and choral works, film scores and several chamber operas.

"Brian Hulse (b. 1970) is a Harvard grad currently teaching in Virginia. His music is sophisticated, even brainy, but it draws on a lot of sources and mixes them freely. His rhythmic sense is especially sharp, gangly, and witty - very American in its sound. At one moment things may have a hint of Webernian pointillism, at the next they're jazzy. The title of the disc is "Pseudosynthesis," and the composer explains that it's meant to suggest things that shouldn't or don't fit together, and yet they do (or one at least makes the effort). Overall, that's a pretty good description of this music. Having said that, I like the work, but at this point don't yet have a sense of a compelling musical personality... Performances are beautiful, but that (happily) seems to becoming the norm, with our current generation of extraordinary performers - something American culture should celebrate, were it not so absorbed with exalting its detritus...There are moments throughout the music when the bonds start to slip. The opening exuberant movement of Seastone projects a natural joy. The third movement of Sweat is a sweet lullaby (with a few diversions that might keep the child awake). So what I can say is that there's groundwork laid here for something to come." - Robert Carl, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Hulse, Brian : Pinch, for piano
  • Performer: Nathanael May (Piano)
  • Notes: Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lawrence, Kansas City (08/10/2007-08/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hulse, Brian : Seastone, for violin & guitar
  • Performers: Matt Gould (Guitar); Beth Schneider-Gould (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Duo 46
  • Notes: Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lawrence, Kansas City (08/10/2007-08/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hulse, Brian : For Rumi, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Lisa Cella (Flute); Thomas Rosenkranz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hulse, Brian : Sweat, for guitar & piano
  • Performers: Matt Gould (Guitar); Nathanael May (Piano)
  • Notes: Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lawrence, Kansas City (08/10/2007-08/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hulse, Brian : Sunstone, for violin, guitar & piano
  • Performers: Matt Gould (Guitar); Nathanael May (Piano); Beth Schneider-Gould (Violin)
  • Notes: Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lawrence, Kansas City (08/10/2007-08/12/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary