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Louis "Moondog" Hardin (1916-1999): Round the World of Sound / Dedalus, Didier Aschour

Album Summary

>Moondog : Bells Are Ringing, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Voices of Spring, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : What's The Most Exciting Thing, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : All Is Loneliness, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : My Tiny Butterfly, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Why Spend a Dark Night With Me, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Coffee Beans, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Down Is Up, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Be a Hobo, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Remember, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : I Love You, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Nero's Expedition, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : No, The Wheel Was Never Invented, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : With My Wealth, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : This Student of Life, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Some Trust All, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Wine, Women and Song, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Sadness, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Maybe, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Each Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Imagine, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : You The Vandal, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Trees against the sky, fields of plenty, rivers to the sea
>Moondog : Behold, for chamber ensemble
>Moondog : Sparrow, for chamber ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

To reduce the music of Louis Thomas Hardin (1916 - 1999) to the legendary figure of Moondog would be to pass over the real work of the composer. The melodic invention, the prodigious rhythms, and the mixture of genres, as original as they are obvious, all come together to form a music that merits consideration strictly as music. To interpret Moondog's Madrigals, we wanted to develop aspects of the original recording of 1970, but also to produce a "live" version, one that would express the vitality and energy of ensemble music, and in order to enrich the instrumentation we chose a different combination of instruments for each piece. Round the World of Sound is an album of songs, and the singers were employed in many ways: alone or in duets, polyphonic (sometimes a capella) or in chorus, and sometimes the musicians added their own voices to those of Vincent Bouchot and Nathalie Duong. When we were invited to play this music in a festival that contained many types of music, the organizer asked to try to define the genre, and we answered, "Well, let's just call it pop chamber music." by Didier Aschour.

This twenty-five piece selection is entitled Madrigal Book 1, and is a nod to the system Johann Sebastian Bach used for his Well-Tempered Clavier. Here, Moondog passes through all the major and minor tonalities, following the cycle of fourths. Thus, the opening Bells Are Ringing is in C major, followed by Voices of Spring in A minor, What's the Most Exciting Thing in F major and so on until the return to C major with Sparrows. The album spans twenty years of composing and bohemian life in the very heart of Manhattan, on its streets and under its porches. The record features pieces from the early 1950s (All Is Loneliness, Be a Hobo) as well as later canons written in June 1968. All are autobiographical, or at least reflect the state of mind of their author. As such, they are either melancholic or cheerful, and can evoke the everyday life (Coffee Beans) or a longing for recognition (Maybe), at all times vibrant with his good turns of phrase and his distinctive philosophy. This collection constitutes a marvelous open window on Moondog's universe.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France (11/23/2015-11/27/2015).



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Works Details

>Moondog : Bells Are Ringing, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Conductor: Didier Aschour
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Voices of Spring, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : What's The Most Exciting Thing, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : All Is Loneliness, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : My Tiny Butterfly, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Why Spend a Dark Night With Me, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Coffee Beans, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Down Is Up, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Be a Hobo, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Remember, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : I Love You, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Nero's Expedition, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : No, The Wheel Was Never Invented, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : With My Wealth, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : This Student of Life, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Some Trust All, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Wine, Women and Song, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Sadness, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Maybe, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Each Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Imagine, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : You The Vandal, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Trees against the sky, fields of plenty, rivers to the sea :: this, and more, spreads before me
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Behold, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moondog : Sparrow, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Dedalus; Muzzix
  • Ensemble: Dedalus (France)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern