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Geographies & Geometries: Chamber Works by Matthew Malsky (b.1961)

Album Summary

>Malsky, Matthew : Archipelago of Regrets, for piano trio
>Malsky, Matthew : Elegy for 2 violas ("-42.489ø 108.756ø")
>Malsky, Matthew : Escaping the Delta, for flute & cello
>Malsky, Matthew : Same River Twice, for woodwind quintet
>Malsky, Matthew : Subtending the Right Angle, for ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

An individual's experiences might well be laid out like a map: some moments connected to others, some isolated, and still some yet to be explored. Composer Matthew Malsky creates an aural map of emotions on his debut Ravello release, GEOGRAPHIES & GEOMETRIES. The composer remarks, "More specifically, in composing I'm trying to adapt the sensations and the emotional responses evoked by particular places and incidents (real or imagined) into sonic form." In Archipelago of Regrets, each variation of the theme illustrates a part of the experience of disenchantment, ending in quiet resolution. - 42.489° 108.756° (elegy), an elegy for two violas, is in the form of a palindrome in which after the climax, the piece runs backwards, undoing what came before as if prematurely ending. Escaping the Delta, inspired by blues legend Robert Johnson, who often synthesized different musical styles, reimagines a blues form blended with traditions of concert music. By using "reduced thematic material" in same river twice, Malsky intends "to capture the experience of encountering something new in a familiar experience." Matthew Malsky is currently a Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University in Worcester MA.



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>Malsky, Matthew : Archipelago of Regrets, for piano trio
  • Performers: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano); Joshua Gordon (Cello); Krista Reisner (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Worcester Chamber Music Society
  • Running Time: 17 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2012

>Malsky, Matthew : Elegy for 2 violas ("-42.489ø 108.756ø")
  • Performers: Mark Berger (Viola); Peter Sulski (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Radius Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Malsky, Matthew : Escaping the Delta, for flute & cello
  • Ensemble: C-Squared
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Malsky, Matthew : Same River Twice, for woodwind quintet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Malsky, Matthew : Subtending the Right Angle, for ensemble
  • Running Time: 14 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999