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Andrew Waggoner: Terror and Memory; String Quartet no 3; Exorcist; Livre; One Kindness; Improvisations, et al.

Audio Samples

>Open End : Improvisation
>Waggoner, Andrew : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Waggoner, Andrew : Exorcist, for chamber ensemble
>Waggoner, Andrew : Livre, for cello & piano
>Waggoner, Andrew : Inventory of Terrors, for chamber ensemble
>Waggoner, Andrew : One Kindness, for chamber ensemble

Album Summary

>Open End : Improvisation
>Waggoner, Andrew : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Waggoner, Andrew : Exorcist, for chamber ensemble
>Waggoner, Andrew : Livre, for cello & piano
>Waggoner, Andrew : Inventory of Terrors, for chamber ensemble
>Waggoner, Andrew : One Kindness, for chamber ensemble
Performers Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Composer Andrew Waggoner notes that these are five recent pieces that grew somehow out of the narrow space in which experience is transformed into history. Time, memory, the spell of love and the long-sounding echoes of terror inform each of these works, which while stylistically varied, share a common set of musical and emotional concerns. Bookending these pieces are two group improvisations by Open End. They frame and comment on the works they enclose. Born in 1960 in New Orleans, Andrew Waggoner studied at Eastman and Cornell. He has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Academy of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields and the Saint Louis Symphony, among others. He is the recipient of an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Roger Sessions Prize. He is Composer-in-Residence at the Setnor School of Music of Syracuse University and a co-founder of the new music ensemble Open End.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
"Time, memory, the spell of love, and the long-sounding echoes of terror" inform each of Andrew Waggoner's works. The program opens and closes with improvised pieces by performance group Open End. The closing improvisation, with its slow ebbing nature and melancholy harmonies, is a sweet, yet forlorn meditation; the opener is doodling, pecking, scratching, and eerie. Both fit very well with the program as a whole and appropriately introduce the sounds about to be heard and that have been heard. Waggoner's Third Quartet begins with a concentration of memory rather than terror. The swift I has a rustic, full sound with sections of mad rushes through chromatics. II moves through several moods but a pervasive unease. Solo instruments attempt romantic melodies but are chased away or hidden by block chords and sudden entrances. Inventory of Terrors is five short movements for string quartet and piano. The work uses chromatic language, extended ranges, angular lines, disjointed motives, and syncopated accents in each movement. 'It' and 'Him' are slow-moving, brooding works that also employ klangfarbenmelodie. 'Me', with its forceful opening and yearning long tones that seem to try to free themselves from atonality, is perhaps the most effective piece here.



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Works Details

>Open End : Improvisation
  • Ensemble: Open End
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters (09/08/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Waggoner, Andrew : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Ensemble: Corigliano Quartet
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters (09/08/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Waggoner, Andrew : Exorcist, for chamber ensemble
  • Ensemble: Flexible Music
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Waggoner, Andrew : Livre, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Molly Morkoski (Piano); Caroline Stinson (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Nordlys
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters (09/08/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Waggoner, Andrew : Inventory of Terrors, for chamber ensemble
  • Ensemble: Open End
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters (09/08/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Waggoner, Andrew : One Kindness, for chamber ensemble
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Nordlys
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Open End : Improvisation
  • Ensemble: Open End
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters (09/08/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008