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A Total Matrix of Possibilities

Artist: Lejaren Hiller
Lekjaren Hiller - A Total Matrix Of Possibilities CD
Label: New World
Regular Price: $14.95
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Year: 2008
Format: CD


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Listen NowComputer Cantata
Listen NowQuartet No. 6 for Strings

Lejaren Hiller (1924–1994) was a musically eclectic composer, often combining several different types of techniques in the same piece. In the mid-sixties, he asserted that his “objective in composing music by means of computer programming is not the immediate realization of an aesthetic unity, but the providing and evaluating of techniques whereby this goal can eventually be realized.” In this sense Hiller was a forward-looking composer, in that each piece was an experiment that lead toward the next piece. The three works contained in this collection—Computer Cantata (1963), Quartet No. 6 for Strings (1973), A Portfolio for Diverse Performers and Tape (1974)—demonstrate his love of musical diversity and eclecticism. These works also exhibit other trends that are common in Hiller’s music, including collaboration, an interest in microtonality, symmetrical and arch forms, and indeterminate instrumentation. The works span a little more than a decade, from 1963 to 1974, which were amongst his greatest years as a composer. The works also use a variety of instrumentations, from purely acoustic to electronic, and computer music with live ensemble.

These three works are drawn from the CRI LP back catalog and will be making their first appearance on CD. Virtually none of Hiller’s music is currently available on disc and this reissue restores some of his most representative works to circulation.

Lejaren Hiller, composer
Helen Hamm, soprano
Jack McKenzie, conductor
Mark Sokol, violin
Andrew Jennings, violin
John Kochanowskim, viola
Norman Fischer, cello
Gregg smith, singer and conductor
Computer Cantata
Quartet No. 6 For Strings
A Portfolio For Diverse Performers And Tape
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