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Label: Hat [now] ART
Catalog ID: Hat [now] ART143
Squidco Product Code: 6917
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded April 9-11, 2001 at Sendesaal Hessischer Rundfunk by Christoph Franke
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1-12. 24 Preludes in Quarter Tone System (1934/70) excerpts-Ivan Wyschnegradsky
13-15. Three Quarter-Tone Pieces for Two Pianos (1903-23)-Charles Ives
16. Three Page Sonata (1905)-Charles Ives
17. Etude sur le "Carre Magique Sonore" op.40 (1957)-Ivan Wyschnegradsky
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"Wyschnegradsky saw microtonality as a mystical impulse, a metaphysical method of transcendence; not so for the pragmatic Ives, whose father invented instruments and playfully experimented with twisted tonalities and microtonal singing. For Ives, microtonality was another technique (along with his fistful-of-notes clusters, collisions of keys, out-of-tune quotations, and multiple marching band allusions) toward the ultimate acceptance of all conceivable dissonances. Today, Ives' and Wyschnegradsky's time has finally come. For 21 years there has been a Festival of Microtonal Music in New York, attracting ever younger generations of composers; for over a decade now electronic musicians engaged in ambient, trance, dance, and improvisational idioms are using the kind of free frequency sonorities that Wyschnegradsky idealized. In his rare essay Some Quarter-Tone Impressions, Ives wondered "How much of a fight will the ears have to put up?" For more listeners than ever before, the fight is nearly over."- Art Lange