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Frey, Jurg

Lucier . Wolff . Schlothauer . Frey

Frey, Jurg: Lucier . Wolff . Schlothauer . Frey (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Six compositions from Lucier, Wolff, Schlothauer, and Frey, exploring harmonic beats on the acoustic clarinet, deriving melody in unexpected ways; seeking static tones between sound and noise; and investigating melodic variations; inquisitive, thought-provoking, alluring work.
 

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UPC: 011778038535

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 9608
Squidco Product Code: 22198

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1996
Country: Germany
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Hohenferchesar, Germany, in May, 1996, by Peter Hecker.


Personnel:

Jurg Frey-clarinet

Tobias Moster-cello

Jean-Jacques Dunki-piano

Susanna Hefti-viola

Marianne Aeschbacher-violin

Marlyse Capt-violin

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track listing:


1. In Memoriam Jon Higgins 19:58

2. Dark As A Dungeon 7:34

3. Exercise 17 7:16

4. Six Melodies Variation 4:38

5. Aus Atem 22:34

6. Mit Schweigen Wird's Gesprochen 16:58





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"BEATS
In "In Memoriam Jon Higgins" by Alvin Lucier, the vibrations of a stable clarinet tone meet those of an electronically generated, imperceptibly upward sweeping sine wave. The concurrence of these waves produces beats. They are produced neither by the clarinet, nor by the sine waves. What happens here happens all by itself: in between.

MELODY
Christian Wolff discovered early on that every series of sounds sooner or later takes on the character of a melody; that is, appears somehow as a coherent movement. This "somehow" characterizes his music. Somehow his pieces are always melodies.They are always derived somehow from existing songs. And time and again there are noises which somehow belong to them as well.

SOUNDS
In "aus atem" (out of breath), Burkhard Schlothauer is searching for the millions of tones one can find between noise and sound - preferably static tones, which should not exist as anything but living material. In order that these can receive the same attention, there is space to forget before or after the tone.

MELODY?
Melody also continually springs up in Jürg Frey's compositions. lt appears as though he is having a nearly silent conversation with melody. As if he wishes to explain to melody, which would love to talk, that it is "spoken by being silent". "But how", melody asks, "being silent?".The composer leaves the answer up to her. She is silent by speaking in silence.

"-Editions Wandelweiser


Artist Biographies:

"Jürg Frey was born in 1953 in Aarau, Switzerland. Following his musical education at the Concervatoire de Musique de Genève, he turned to a career as a clarinetist, but his activities as composer soon came to the foreground. Frey developed his own language as a composer and sound artist with the creation of wide, quiet sound spaces. His work is marked by an elementary non-extravagence of sound, a sensibilty for the qualities of the material, and precision of compositional approach. His compositions sometimes bypass instrumentation and duration altogether and touch on aspects of sound art. He has worked with compositional series, as well as with language and text. Some of these activities appear in small editions or as artist's books as individual items and small editions (Edition Howeg, Zurich; weiss kunstbewegung, Berlin; complice, Berlin). His music and recordings are published by Edition Wandelweiser. Frey has been invited to workshops as visiting composer and for composer portraits at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Universität Dortmund and several times at Northwestern University and CalArts. Some of the other places his work has developed are the concerts at the Kunstraum Düsseldorf, the Wandelweiser-in-Residence-Veranstaltungen in Vienna, the Ny music concerts in Boras (Sweden), the cooperation with Cologne pianist John McAlpine, the Bozzini Quartet (Montréal), QO-2 (Bruxelles), Die Maulwerker, incidental music, as well as the regular stays in Berlin (where during the last years many of his compositions were premiered). Frey is a member of the Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble which has presented concerts for more than 15 years in Europe, North America and Japan. Frey also organizes the concert series moments musicaux aarau as a forum for contemporary music."

-Other Minds (http://www.otherminds.org/shtml/Frey.shtml)
6/14/2017

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