Album Review

Eos Ensemble, The/Sheffer, Jonathan – “Music of Paul Bowles, The” – [Catalyst]

Naysayer   5/3/2016   A Library, CD

Paul Bowles: living in Morocco, writing novels depicting extreme violence, hero to the Beat Generation. But did you know this man composed music? The early part of his career he was one of the most sought after individuals to compose incidental music for Broadway and for independent films. This collection of Bowles music, (from 1995) as performed by The Eos Ensemble, was one of the first recordings made of his work for over 50 years since it was first written or performed. Five pieces, broken up into smaller sections, come from 1932 to 1949. They are light, airy pieces of orchestrated classical sounds, very much referencing his work in theater. It is all so upbeat that it makes a listener wonder if this is really Bowles. Yet it is. And it makes sense, in a way. Definitely a man who carved his own path. The two pieces with words, “The Wind Remains” based on Federico Garcia Lorca and “Secret Words”, talk of longing, loss, and the inability to be happy being who you are. A wonderful addition to the collection from one of the mainstays of the early to mid 20th century avant garde.

you heard it 10 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 179 days ago, Bryan Chandler played Pastorela: First Suite/Danza General
  • 515 days ago, Mickey Slim played The Wind Remains
  • 2233 days ago, Lucifer Rosa played Suite for Small Orchestra/Divertissement
  • 2244 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Suite for Small Orchestra/Havana
  • 2256 days ago, Cousin Mary played Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
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