#3754: Cycling Music

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Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir
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Hear music created by a cyclical approach to composition: some of it driven by technology, whereby layering, looping, or overdubbing are used to fit patterns against one another.  Listen to works from Icelandic composer and violinist of amiina Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttircommissioned by the group Nordic Affect, who play modern music on baroque instruments.  Hear Sigfúsdóttir’s  “Clockworking,” which is about musical patterns set in motion, all built of recorded sounds of harpsichord, and period violin, viola & cello, which then stack up in cyclical hypnotic fashion.  

There’s also music from the second half of Arvo Pärt’s “Tabula Rasa,” an exercise in cycles being lengthened. The glacial pace of the work is a gradually unfolding musical process, where strings are extended and augmented each time through the pattern, then punctuated by prepared piano.  Plus, hear a work by young English composer Jon Opstad inspired by "Tabula Rasa," and music from the late Michael Galasso’s “Scenes.”

PROGRAM #3754– Cycling music (First aired on 07/23/2015)             

ARTIST: Michael Galasso
WORK: Scene 6 [6:00]
RECORDING: Scenes
SOURCE: ECM Records #1245
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Nordic Affect
WORK: Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir: Clockworking [7:32]
RECORDING: Clockworking
SOURCE: Sono Luminus 70001
INFO: sonoluminus.com

ARTIST: Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Saulius Sondeckis, conductor | Gidon Kremer & Tatiana Grindenko, violins Alfred Schnittke, prepared piano
WORK: Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa, Part 2 [16:50]
RECORDING: Tabula Rasa
SOURCE: ECM 1275
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Jon Opstad
WORK: Ignis, Part 7 [7:54]
RECORDING: Ignis
SOURCE/INFO: jonopstad.bandcamp.com OR
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ARTIST: Nordic Affect
WORK: Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir: Sleeping Pendulum [10:06]
RECORDING: Clockworking
SOURCE: Sono Luminus 70001
INFO: sonoluminus.com