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Gene Pritsker (b.1971): Chamber Music - Melodies Alone Can Proudly Carry their Own Death / Daniele Colombo, violin; Borislav Strulev; Zentripetal Duo

Album Summary

>Pritsker, Gene : Opposite Extreme of Compassion, for violin (work #354)
>Pritsker, Gene : A Certain Degree of Neurosis, for bass clarinet & percussion (work #365)
>Pritsker, Gene : Essence, for drums & piano (work #232)
>Pritsker, Gene : Melodies Alone Can Proudly Carry Their Own Death, for violin & cello (work #364)
>Pritsker, Gene : Galileo Starry Messanger, for flute, clarinet & piano (work #355)
>Pritsker, Gene : She's So Chaconne, for violin (work #32)
>Pritsker, Gene : Ineffably Still, for bass clarinet & electric guitar (work #325)
>Pritsker, Gene : In Memory of Dave Gotay, for cello (work #528)
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer Gene Pritsker has written over five hundred eighty compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. The new chamber album 'Melodies Alone Can Proudly Carry Their Own Death' focuses on his solo, duo and trio compositions, including unusual instrumentation such as: piano/drum set, bass clarinet/electric guitar, and bass clarinet/percussion as well as more standard instrumentation like violin/cello, flute/clarinet/piano and solo music for violin and cello. The music is performed by violinist Daniele Colombo, The Zeitgeist Ensemble: Patti Cudd - percussion, Pat O'Keefe - bass clarinet, Zentripetal Duo: Lynn Bechtold - violin, Jennifer DeVore - cello, bass clarinetist Michiyo Suzuki, and cellist Borislav Strulev as well as Gene himself on electric guitar. The title of the album, which is the name of the violin/cello composition' comes from a paragraph in Jean-Paul Sartre's Essay 'Being and Nothingness' The trees were floating. Thrusting toward the sky? Collapsing rather: at any moment I expected to see the trunks shrivel like weary pricks, curl up and fall to the ground in a soft, black, crumpled heap. They did not want to exist, only they could not help it; that was the point. So they performed all their little functions, quietly, unenthusiastically, the sap rose slowly into the earth. But at every moment they seemed on the verge of dropping everything and obliterating themselves. Tired and old, they went on existing, unwillingly and ungraciously, simply because they were too weak to die, because death could come to them only from the outside: melodies alone can proudly carry their own death within them like an internal necessity; only they don't exist. Every existent is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness and dies by chance. I leaned back and I closed my eyes. But pictures, promptly informed, sprang forward and filled my closed eyes with existences: existence is a repletion which man can never abandon." Jean-Paul Sartre

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Pencil Factory Studio & Noizepunk Studios; Roma AG Studios.



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Works Details

>Pritsker, Gene : Opposite Extreme of Compassion, for violin (work #354)
  • Performer: Daniele Colombo (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Zeitgeist
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pritsker, Gene : A Certain Degree of Neurosis, for bass clarinet & percussion (work #365)
  • Performers: Patti Cudd (Percussion); Patrick O'Keefe (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Zentripetal Duo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pritsker, Gene : Essence, for drums & piano (work #232)
  • Performers: Derin Oge (Piano); Cesare Papetti (Drums)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pritsker, Gene : Melodies Alone Can Proudly Carry Their Own Death, for violin & cello (work #364)
  • Performers: Lynn Bechtold (Violin); Jennifer Devore (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pritsker, Gene : Galileo Starry Messanger, for flute, clarinet & piano (work #355)
  • Performers: Matt Herskowitz (Piano); Margaret Lancaster (Flute); Michiyo Suzuki (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pritsker, Gene : She's So Chaconne, for violin (work #32)
  • Performer: Daniele Colombo (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pritsker, Gene : Ineffably Still, for bass clarinet & electric guitar (work #325)
  • Performers: Gene Pritsker (Electronics); Michiyo Suzuki (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pritsker, Gene : In Memory of Dave Gotay, for cello (work #528)
  • Performer: Borislav Strulev (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary