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Chamber music of Paula Matthusen: 'Pieces for People' Am exploration of sonic connections employing a highly varied set of tone colors from track to track, such as recorder, organ, and banjo.

Album Summary

>Matthusen, Paula : Sparrows in Supermarkets, for recorder
>Matthusen, Paula : Limerence, for banjo & electronics
>Matthusen, Paula : The Days Are Nouns, for voice, vibraphone & feedback
>Matthusen, Paula : AEG
>Matthusen, Paula : Of Architecture and Accumulation, for organ & wine glasses
>Matthusen, Paula : corpo/Cage, for orchestra
>Matthusen, Paula : In Absentia, for violin, piano & electronics
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Paula Matthusen is a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music for a variety of ensembles and diverse and unusual instrumentations. Her music has been hailed as "entrancing" by the New Yorker and has been performed by such ensembles as the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the International Contemporary Ensemble. This release explores musical relationships and sonic connections and employs a highly varied set of tone colors from track to track, such as recorder, organ, and banjo.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Paula Matthusen's Pieces for People is a set of works that were written for particular people and ensembles. They are proper commissions. The few pieces for "soloist" follow the same formula: an instrumentalist plays while Matthusen accompanies with electronic sounds. Matthusen complements the sound and character of each instrument tastefully. The writing for the solo instruments is also interesting. In Limerence the banjo sounds both uncanny. Traditional plucking patterns and creative uses of the banjo's upper range both contribute to the strange and exciting soundscape. Other works like AEG make use of more sound sources like voice and piano. I look forward to hearing more of Matthusen's unique compositional voice.



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Works Details

>Matthusen, Paula : Sparrows in Supermarkets, for recorder
  • Performer: Terri Hron (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matthusen, Paula : Limerence, for banjo & electronics
  • Performer: James Moore (Banjo)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matthusen, Paula : The Days Are Nouns, for voice, vibraphone & feedback
  • Performer: Jamie Jordan
  • Ensemble: Manta Percussion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matthusen, Paula : AEG :: Movement III
  • Performers: Tiit Helimets (Voice); Molly Shaiken (Voice); Kathleen Supové (Piano); Yvonne Troxler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Matthusen, Paula : AEG :: Movement IV
  • Performers: Tiit Helimets (Voice); Molly Shaiken (Voice); Kathleen Supové (Piano); Yvonne Troxler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Matthusen, Paula : Of Architecture and Accumulation, for organ & wine glasses
  • Performer: Wil Smith (Organ)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matthusen, Paula : corpo/Cage, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Wim Boerman
  • Ensemble: Orkest de Ereprijs
  • Running Time: 15 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Matthusen, Paula : In Absentia, for violin, piano & electronics
  • Performers: Todd Reynolds (Violin); Yvonne Troxler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary