David Rosenboom: In the Beginning

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>Rosenboom, David : In the Beginning, for soloists, chamber ensemble, orchestra & electronics
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David Rosenboom (b. 1947) is a composer/performer known as a pioneer in American experimental music. This series of eight works, created between 1978 and 1981 and presented on these discs in chronological order of their composition, demonstrate a remarkable extension of Rosenboom's techniques from his ... Plymouth Rock... series of 1969 - 71 using the harmonic and sub-harmonic series. Basic numerical relationships are used here to structure not only the melody and harmony of a piece, but also such other primary musical parameters as rhythm, timbre, and musical form. The In the Beginning pieces are artifacts in the development of a full-blown musical model based in all its dimensions on simple harmonic proportions. The In the Beginning series exemplifies the idea of model-building as a compositional process. A simple process is defined, and is carried out rigorously at as many different levels of the music as possible, producing a complexity from simple elements that can be felt, somehow, while moving one's attention freely from its micro to macro levels, and everywhere else between. The composer plays inside it, using it freely, stretching it into different forms. The play one experiences in hearing the work is a reflection of the purposeful play that went into its creation. This model is a world that includes both unity and dispersion, harmony and dissonance, and oscillates implacably between their extremes.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
David Rosenboom's In the Beginning (1978- 1981) is a cycle of eight pieces for various instruments composed from 1978 to 1981. The 23-minute title piece was written for the then-new Buchla synthesizer, which allowed control over harmony and melody. In the Beginning 2 has the rock album-style subtitle 'Song of Endless Light'. This is said to be essentially a variant of the first piece, with human beings playing acoustic instruments. In the Beginning 3 is a woodwind quintet and probably the clearest piece in the set so far. This piece is formidably virtuosic and gives the woodwind quintet quite a workout. In the Beginning 4 is a 12-minute piece for synthesizer (the composer), summarizing the by now familiar materials of the cycle. The shapes and expressive modes are still active, with "laughter" always available. The piece is vivacious. Finally, In the Beginning 5 is subtitled 'The Story' and summarizes the entire piece, this time scored for chamber orchestra and "[reflecting] a vision of the wholeness of the universe". It ends with a stately brass chorale and a heroic D-major chord. If you don't already know, Rosenboom has had a distinguished career, especially in the realm of the academic avant-garde.

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Recording information: Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institut.



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>Rosenboom, David : In the Beginning, for soloists, chamber ensemble, orchestra & electronics
  • Performer: David Rosenboom (Music Box)
  • Notes: Music Gallery, Toronto (01/10/2012/01/11/2012); Mills College, Oakland (01/10/2012/01/11/2012); Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institute Of The Arts (01/10/2012/01/11/2012); Music Gallery, Toronto (01/19/1979); Mills College, Oakland (01/19/1979); Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institute Of The Arts (01/19/1979); Music Gallery, Toronto (01/27/2009/01/30/2009); Mills College, Oakland (01/27/2009/01/30/2009); Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institute Of The Arts (01/27/2009/01/30/2009); Music Gallery, Toronto (03/11/2008/03/11/2008); Mills College, Oakland (03/11/2008/03/11/2008); Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institute Of The Arts (03/11/2008/03/11/2008); Music Gallery, Toronto (06/08/2012); Mills College, Oakland (06/08/2012); Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institute Of The Arts (06/08/2012); Music Gallery, Toronto (10/18/1980); Mills College, Oakland (10/18/1980); Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institute Of The Arts (10/18/1980); Music Gallery, Toronto (2008-07-30&2012-06-06&2012-); Mills College, Oakland (2008-07-30&2012-06-06&2012-); Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institute Of The Arts (2008-07-30&2012-06-06&2012-); Music Gallery, Toronto (2009-01-26_2009-01-27&2009-); Mills College, Oakland (2009-01-26_2009-01-27&2009-); Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institute Of The Arts (2009-01-26_2009-01-27&2009-); Music Gallery, Toronto (2012-03-27_2012-03-29&2012-); Mills College, Oakland (2012-03-27_2012-03-29&2012-); Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio At California Institute Of The Arts (2012-03-27_2012-03-29&2012-)
  • Running Time: 124 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978
  • Studio/Live: Live