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Paul Paccione: Our Beauties Are Not Ours

Audio Samples

>Paccione, Paul : Rhapsody, for clarinet & piano
>Paccione, Paul : Stations - To Morton Feldman, for piano
>Paccione, Paul : Inscape
>     Choral Settings (3) from Gerard Manley Hopkins, for chorus
>Paccione, Paul : A Page for Will, for piano
>Paccione, Paul : Arabesques, motets (3) for 4 pre-recorded clarinets
>Paccione, Paul : Songs (5) from Christina Rossetti, for voice, clarinet, cello & piano
>Paccione, Paul : Planxty Cage, for piano
>     Postlude

Album Summary

>Paccione, Paul : Rhapsody, for clarinet & piano
>Paccione, Paul : Stations - To Morton Feldman, for piano
>Paccione, Paul : Inscape
>Paccione, Paul : A Page for Will, for piano
>Paccione, Paul : Arabesques, motets (3) for 4 pre-recorded clarinets
>Paccione, Paul : Songs (5) from Christina Rossetti, for voice, clarinet, cello & piano
>Paccione, Paul : Planxty Cage, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Paul Paccione's music is noted for its lyricism, intimacy, distinctive orchestration, contrapuntal refinement, and metaphoric complexity. His teachers have included Harley Gaber, Kenneth Gaburo, William Hibbard, and Eric Richards. His work reflects an interest in the tonal colors' exact pitch placement, and a reverence for the mystery of unhurried long durations: the first two characteristics are found in the work of Anton Webern and all three characteristics can be found in the work of Morton Feldman. The works of these two composers were studied in detail by Paccione. These are all World Premiere recordings.

"Paul Paccione's music has always been concerned with the manipulation of musical space/time. That is, Paccione reconceives musical geometry (xtime, y-space) as a canvas, on which musical objects are placed, like figures or brushstrokes in an abstract painting or drawing...My favorite piece on this recording is the Three Motets: Arabesques (1999), for four prerecorded clarinets. These motets are simple - contrapuntal in the extreme, they are made of short, tonally-enigmatic melodic gestures that are imitated by subsequent instrumental entrances. The result is a haunting, subtly and constantly changing soundscape. The performances and recording here are of the highest quality. Paccione teaches at Western Illinois University, and most of the performers are his colleagues there. Several pieces were written for clarinetist Molly Paccione, the composer's wife, and her readings show deep understanding of the music. Highly recommended." - Sequenza 21



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Works Details

>Paccione, Paul : Rhapsody, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Molly Paccione (Clarinet); Jenny Perron (Piano)
  • Notes: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (06/08/2009/06/11/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Paccione, Paul : Stations - To Morton Feldman, for piano
  • Performer: Michael Campbell (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Paccione, Paul : Inscape :: Choral Settings (3) from Gerard Manley Hopkins, for chorus
  • Conductor: James Stegall
  • Running Time: 10 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Paccione, Paul : A Page for Will, for piano
  • Performer: Nurit Tilles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Paccione, Paul : Arabesques, motets (3) for 4 pre-recorded clarinets
  • Performer: Molly Paccione (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1999

>Paccione, Paul : Songs (5) from Christina Rossetti, for voice, clarinet, cello & piano
  • Performers: Molly Paccione (Clarinet); Andrea Molina (Piano); Terry Chasteen; Moisés Nolina (Cello)
  • Notes: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (05/27/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Paccione, Paul : Planxty Cage, for piano :: Postlude
  • Performer: Nurit Tilles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993