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Album Review

Schuller, Gunther – “Symphony (1965)/Quartet For Double Basses” – [Vox Turnabout]

Cousin Mary   11/16/2010   12-inch, A Library

In his copious and almost impenetrable liner notes, Schuller (American, born 1925) seems to be saying that his 12-tone compositions have some elements of the classical form and that makes them more digestible.

In any case, the Symphony (1965) is a big work with lots of cool percussion, at times with a cinematic drama. Constantly moving and engaging, it could give 12-tone a good name.

The Quartet for Double Basses (written in 1947) is rather dark and brooding – not a surprise with 4 low-register stringed instruments. I enjoyed the unique instrumentation and the hearty forward momentum kept my interest.

you heard it 22 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 1044 days ago, Naysayer played Quartet For Double Basses - Adagio
  • 3175 days ago, Kevin O`Dante played Symphony - Finale - Moderato
  • 3177 days ago, Cousin Mary played Quartet For Double Basses - Allegro Scherzando
  • 3190 days ago, Olmec played Symphony (1965)- Moderato-with Majesty
  • 3196 days ago, Ed Tide played Quartet For Double Basses - Adagio
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