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Philip Corner: Extreme Positions / The Barton Workshop

Album Summary

>Corner, Philip : For 2 Trombones no 2
>Corner, Philip : Calling! OM, for 2 trombones & piano
>Corner, Philip : Attempting whitenesses, for 2 trombones
>Corner, Philip : Round Sound, mulitmedia work for instruments & tape
>Corner, Philip : One Note More Than Once (A), multimedia work for trombone
>Corner, Philip : An Earth Breath Trilogy, for trombone
>Corner, Philip : Big Trombone, mulitmedia work for trombone & tape
>Corner, Philip : One Note More Than Once (B), multimedia work for trombone
>Corner, Philip : Zen OM, for trombone, winds, strings, piano & percussion
>Corner, Philip : Just Another 12-Tone Piece, for trombone, winds, strings, piano & percussion
>Corner, Philip : Sang-Teh (15 movements), for unspecified ensemble
>Corner, Philip : Passionate Expanse of the Law, for trombone, winds, strings, piano & percussion
>Corner, Philip : Lovely Music, for 3 instruments or voices & percussion
>Corner, Philip : When They Pull the Plug, for percussion
>Corner, Philip : Chopin Prelude I
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Notes & Reviews:

Philip Corner (b. 1933) studied composition with Henry Cowell and Otto Luening and musical analysis with Oliver Messiaen. During the 1960s and 70s he was an active member of Fluxus, a founder (along with James Tenney and Malcolm Goldstein) of the Tone Roads Chamber Ensemble, the resident musician and composer for the Judson Dance Theatre, founder of the music-ritual ensemble (in collaboration with Julie Winter) Sound Out of Silent Spaces, and co-founder of Gamelan Son of Lion (with Barbara Benary and Daniel Goode). The musical opportunities that these ensembles and their performances offered Corner insured that he was both prolific and had or developed a deep understanding of the important artistic influences of that time. Corner uses a variety of scoring methods-some scores are conventionally written out, some are graphic scores with added commentary and some are, indeed, only text or commentary by which Corner creates an attitude to sound-making materials, the manner of eliciting sounds and the manner of responding to the activities of others. He is truly the equal of John Cage in forcing us to examine what we call music and how we understand music-making. He is a master of the art of presenting what amounts to a Zen koan to the performer or performing ensembles. He sets interpretive challenges of the highest order while often creating music which can be realized by amateur or professional musician alike. Corner has commented that being drafted into the US Army and sent to Korea was in fact a "fortuitous" event in his life: "One of the things I learnt in Korea was to go into the quality of sound to enter into this thing that the Orient had explored that the West hadn't." This set of recordings includes two of the seminal pieces from this period-Sang-teh (Situations) and Lovely Music-and proceeds to explore music from five decades of work under the direction of Corner's earlier collaborator, James Fulkerson, and the composer himself. This is the first comprehensive overview of his work, including many of his key compositions, and is an ideal introduction to an important but overlooked figure of the American avant-garde.



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Works Details

>Corner, Philip : For 2 Trombones no 2
  • Performers: James Fulkerson (Trombone); Hilary Jeffery (Trombone)
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960

>Corner, Philip : Calling! OM, for 2 trombones & piano
  • Performers: Philip Corner (Piano); James Fulkerson (Trombone); Hilary Jeffery (Trombone)
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 09/21/1972

>Corner, Philip : Attempting whitenesses, for 2 trombones
  • Performers: James Fulkerson (Trombone); Hilary Jeffery (Trombone)
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Corner, Philip : Round Sound, mulitmedia work for instruments & tape
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Corner, Philip : One Note More Than Once (A), multimedia work for trombone
  • Performer: Hilary Jeffery (Trombone)
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Corner, Philip : An Earth Breath Trilogy, for trombone
  • Performer: James Fulkerson (Trombone)
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Corner, Philip : Big Trombone, mulitmedia work for trombone & tape
  • Performer: James Fulkerson (Trombone)
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Corner, Philip : One Note More Than Once (B), multimedia work for trombone
  • Performer: Hilary Jeffery (Trombone)
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Corner, Philip : Zen OM, for trombone, winds, strings, piano & percussion
  • Ensemble: Barton Workshop
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 07/22/1972

>Corner, Philip : Just Another 12-Tone Piece, for trombone, winds, strings, piano & percussion
  • Ensemble: Barton Workshop
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Corner, Philip : Sang-Teh (15 movements), for unspecified ensemble :: Movement III "Situations"
  • Ensemble: Barton Workshop
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1960-1961

>Corner, Philip : Passionate Expanse of the Law, for trombone, winds, strings, piano & percussion
  • Conductor: Taylan Susam
  • Ensemble: Barton Workshop
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1959

>Corner, Philip : Lovely Music, for 3 instruments or voices & percussion
  • Ensemble: Barton Workshop
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1961-1962

>Corner, Philip : When They Pull the Plug, for percussion
  • Performer: Tobias Liebezeit (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Barton Workshop
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Corner, Philip : Chopin Prelude I :: The V9 chord which begins the Chopin D Major Prelude... as a revelation, for piano
  • Performer: Dante Oei (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Barton Workshop
  • Notes: Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/28/2006/05/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969