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ERICKSON: Orchestral, Chamber and Vocal Music

Composer(s):Erickson, Robert
Genre Classical Music
Category InstrumentalOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.559283
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Robert Erickson was a formidable guiding spirit as composer and teacher, acting as a mentor for a whole generation of California-trained composers. He utilized many different styles and techniques in his music, from microtonality to electronics and improvisation. High Flyer, written in 1969, requires the solo flutist to speak through the mouthpiece of the instrument while playing. In the 1970s, Erickson turned to a meditative, Asian-inspired aesthetic. The late works Two Songs and Recent Impressions, composed for Continuum as the composer was battling a progressive illness, are remarkable for their intense sensitivity to pure elements of sound and their joyous, life-affirming spirit.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2007

Though born in Michigan in 1917, Robert Erickson has become known as one of the highly fertile group of composers working in California during the second-half of the 20th century. Once arrived in San Francisco he was became involved in college teaching, acting as tutor to a whole generation of American composers, while also working as Music Director for a West Coast radio station. Sadly he was plagued with ill-health which curtailed his own output as a composer, though as this disc shows he had a highly fertile imagination in the field of sonorities, and experimented in microtonality and electronic music. The disc contains two late works, Recent Impressions having been commissioned by Continuum in 1987 and scored for thirteen instruments



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