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Music of Dmitri Tymoczko: Crackpot Hymnal / John Blacklow, piano; Kevin Weng-Yew Mayner, bass; Daniel Schlosberg, piano

Audio Samples

>Tymoczko, Dmitri : The Eggman Variations, for piano & string quartet
>Tymoczko, Dmitri : Typecase Treasury, for string quintet
>Tymoczko, Dmitri : This Picture Seems to Move, for string quartet
>Tymoczko, Dmitri : Another Fantastic Voyage, for piano & chamber orchestra

Album Summary

>Tymoczko, Dmitri : The Eggman Variations, for piano & string quartet
>Tymoczko, Dmitri : Typecase Treasury, for string quintet
>Tymoczko, Dmitri : This Picture Seems to Move, for string quartet
>Tymoczko, Dmitri : Another Fantastic Voyage, for piano & chamber orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This diverse collection of Dmitri Tymoczko's music is introduced by the composer: "These days, we can carry the whole history of music in our pockets, Beethoven, Nancarrow, Coltrane and the Beatles rubbing shoulders on our phones. What sort of music should we write? Whatever we want, of course, but for me the answer has to involve this new diversity. I want to make music that weaves between stylistic poles in a way that is unexpected and entertaining - not pastiche, but an attempt to find hidden roads connecting the familiar places we love. A music that takes up the classical disciplines of harmony, counterpoint, and development with just the slightest hint of a raised eyebrow, so that listeners are confronted with a strange superposition of sincerity and irony." Dmitri Tymoczko's "Beat Therapy" is also available on BRIDGE 9353.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The Eggman Variations (2005) ['Eggman' a version of 'Enigma'], for piano quartet, was written for the Pacific Quartet with Ursula Oppens, so one would expect a virtuoso piano part. The finale is another wild fantasy on those five-note scales. It's intense and quite bombastic, especially with the ultraclose (maybe rock-ish) engineering. Typecase Treasury (2010), for string quintet (quartet & bass), is seven movements. The music is said to contain a number of contrasting stylistic references. This Picture Seems to Move (1998), for quartet, is the earliest piece on the program. In two movements, the piece takes as its pictorial models Paul Klee's Twittering Machine and a painting by Boccioni. The collection closes with Another Fantastic Voyage (2012), a three-movement concerto for piano and chamber ensemble, at 20 minutes the longest piece on the program. In his Geometry of Music, Tymocko memorably writes that developing a taste for (specifically 20th Century) musical modernism.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Foelinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performin; Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton University, Pri.



Reviews

Great music, great fun
If I had to sum up Dmitri Tymoczko's music in a phrase, I'd say it's serious music that doesn't take itself seriously. At least, that's the impression this new release of Tymoczko's chamber music left with me.

All the works on Crackpot Hymnal are carefully constructed, with plenty of substance and depth. But the basic building blocks borrowed from rock, jazz, blues, gospel, and even movie soundtracks. It's all blended together in a heady mixture of high-energy gravitas that I found irresistible.

And then there are the titles: "Crackpot Hymnal," "This One was Supposed to be Atonal.. "(from Typecase Treasury), "A Roiling Worm of Sound" (from Eggman Variations)... Great stuff!

Each of the four works are musical gems. Another Fantastic Voyage, for chamber orchestra and piano, captures the essence of 50's sci-fi movie scores without resorting to either parody or quotations. Typecase Treasury, written for string quartet plus bass, is a compendium of styles, each movement exploring a different subgenre of music. The piano quintet Eggman Variations begins with a simple diatonic pattern and ends in, well, a roiling worm of sound.

Crackpot Hymnal is serious fun.
Submitted on 08/05/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Tymoczko, Dmitri : The Eggman Variations, for piano & string quartet
  • Performer: John Blacklow (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Corigliano Quartet
  • Running Time: 19 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Tymoczko, Dmitri : Typecase Treasury, for string quintet
  • Ensemble: Amernet String Quartet
  • Running Time: 18 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Tymoczko, Dmitri : This Picture Seems to Move, for string quartet
  • Conductor: Stephen Taylor
  • Ensemble: Illinois Modern Ensemble
  • Running Time: 14 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Tymoczko, Dmitri : Another Fantastic Voyage, for piano & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Daniel Schlosberg (Piano)
  • Conductor: Stephen Taylor
  • Ensemble: Illinois Modern Ensemble
  • Running Time: 21 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012