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Peter Garland: Waves Breaking on Rocks / Aki Takahashi, Santa Fe New Music, John Kennedy and John Duykers

Album Summary

>Garland, Peter : Waves Breaking on Rocks (Elegy for All of Us), for violin & piano
>Garland, Peter : The Roque Dalton Songs, for voice
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Peter Garland (b. 1952) studied with Harold Budd and James Tenney at Cal Arts and had long student-mentor friendships with Lou Harrison, Conlon Nancarrow, Paul Bowles and Dane Rudhyar. Like Harrison, Garland has forged his own musical vocabulary as a kind of new indigenous music, celebrating pan-cultural experience and vision, and unafraid to suggest that music can still give us a glimpse of that which is sacred. Waves Breaking on Rocks (Elegy for All of Us) (2003) is a suite of elegies that was composed for and commissioned by Aki Takahashi, Garland's long-time friend and collaborator. The work's six movements are composed for lost friends or are personal responses to the cycles of life and the recurrence of the seasons. Together, they form a structure for the whole that elegizes both our togetherness and our impermanence. Roque Dalton (1935 - 75) was a Salvadoran poet, activist and guerrilla, who was executed in El Salvador's civil war after numerous close calls throughout his short life. Garland captures the political, historical, and romantic aspects of Dalton in his choice of five of Dalton's poems to comprise the Roque Dalton Songs (1988). Peter Garland has paid loving homage to the dedication and creative vision of others, lending faith where futility lurks. His music parts away the noise of the world to speak of commitment, humanity, and love.


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>Garland, Peter : Waves Breaking on Rocks (Elegy for All of Us), for violin & piano
  • Performer: Aki Takahashi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Garland, Peter : The Roque Dalton Songs, for voice
  • Performer: John Duykers (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Kennedy
  • Ensemble: Santa Fe New Music
  • Notes: Stieren Hall, Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico (11/10/2010-11/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1988