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WUORINEN: Dante Trilogy (chamber version)

Composer(s):Wuorinen, Charles
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559345
Label Naxos
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In his long composing life, Charles Wuorinen has drawn on an extremely wide range of intellectual and musical inspirations, including many from science and literature. The Dante Trilogy is among his most ambitious compositions, its source one of the great works of the Western intellectual canon. The three ballets each correspond to one of the books of Dante’s Divina Commedia: The Mission of Virgil to Inferno, The Great Procession to Purgatorio, and The River of Light to Paradiso; although rather than attempting to mirror the whole of Dante’s narrative, Wuorinen’s music relates to the detail and atmosphere of the books.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2008

Charles Wuorinen became an advocate of atonality after spending his younger years in the conventional world of tonality. Like most converts he has become evangelical in his dedication to cutting edge modernity, and maybe future generations will show that such devotion was totally justified. Everything seems so dense and busy that I end up unable to see the musical tree through the impenetrable forest. Taking its inspiration from Dante’s Divina Commedia, the three books,The Mission of Virgil, The Great Procession and The River of Light were used to form three ballets composed for the New York City Ballet, the composition spread over the years 1993 to 1996. At the same time he prepared versions for full orchestra and chamber ensemble, and it is the



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