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Jürg Frey (b. 1957): 'More or Less- Ensemble works of Jürg Frey' / A.pe.ri.od.ic ensemble - A. Temple, synthesizer & melodica; A. Brod, viola; B. Howard, violin; E. Bangert, flute; J.Kimmell, bass clarinet;

Album Summary

>Frey, Jürg : More or Less Normal, for variable ensemble
>Frey, Jürg : Canones incerti, for variable ensemble
>Frey, Jürg : 60 Pieces of Sound, for variable ensemble
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Chicago based ensemble a.pe.ri.od.ic's inaugural release "more or less" presents three recent ensemble works by the Swiss composer, Jürg Frey. Frey is a long time member of the Wandelweiser Collective, a group of composers devoted to introspection and contemplative expression.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The performance group aperiodic concentrates on post-Cagean notated, experimental music. The opening More or Less Normal by Jurg Frey uses piano, voice, French horn, strings, and winds to create a lasting, shifting soundscape. A naturally occurring pulse emerges and dissolves and beautiful sonorities enter and shatter. The other Frey compositions, Canones Incerti and 60 Pieces of Sound, both clock in at over 25 minutes. Each has simple instructions that allow for performer choice and can lead to drastically different performances. In Canones Incerti the performers decide when to play their two sections of music. Motion is slow and the notes are long. The canonical elements can merge into a wash of sound. Aperiodic's program is far frombusy, 60 Pieces of Sound brackets all sound events with a healthy dose of silence, and it concentrates fully on indeterminacy, but the concepts behind each piece are implemented well.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL.



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Works Details

>Frey, Jürg : More or Less Normal, for variable ensemble
  • Ensemble: A.PE.RI.OD.IC
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2007

>Frey, Jürg : Canones incerti, for variable ensemble
  • Ensemble: A.PE.RI.OD.IC
  • Running Time: 30 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Frey, Jürg : 60 Pieces of Sound, for variable ensemble
  • Ensemble: A.PE.RI.OD.IC
  • Running Time: 27 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009