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Composer: Tenney, James (b. 1934)

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Year of birth1934
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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The Minimalist Dream House Project at Toronto Summer Music with the Labèque sisters

As I sat in the intriguing darkness of Koerner Hall, Marielle Labèque carefully placed the opening notes of Le fils des étoiles by Erik Satie. They hung in the air like little crystals. This was a simple beginning, yet deceptively so, that would build towards something larger. In turn, these notes would unfold in a continuous stream of build-ups and decays.
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London Sinfonietta Perform Conlon Nancarrow

Having missed a chance to hear Conlon Nancarrow’s Player Piano Study no. 21 (Canon X) due to a spontaneous programme switch earlier in the day, I was delighted that Dominic Murcott’s arrangement of the piece for London Sinfonietta and player piano opened this concert.
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Mixed minimalism with the Labèques

Minimalism is, according to some, ‘The most influential musical movement of the 20th century’. Whether or not this is a little hyperbolical, minimalism does certainly deserve real recognition and exploration, and Kings Place hence merits a great deal of praise for putting on the three-day ‘50 Years of Minimalism’ festival, curated by Igor Toronyi-Lalic and led on the stage by pianists Kat

Hot & cool - Musik nonstop

Darmstadt feiert bis tief in die Nacht. Man hätte sich zweiteilen mögen an diesem Abend, der zu gleicher Zeit rasante Musik mit dem Ensemble Dal Niente und kontemplativere Klänge im Sitzkissen-Ambiente bot und hernach auch noch zum Weitertanzen einlud.
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