JAMES TEN­NEY: MELODY, ERGODICITY AND IN­DE­TER­MI­NACY

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James Ten­ney was an Amer­i­can ex­per­i­men­tal­ist who died two years ago at the age of 72. The ear­li­est works on this disc, pieces for solo flute and clar­inet writ­ten in the 1950s, hark back to the man­ners of the early 20th cen­tury. Within a few years, in the early 1960s, Ten­ney was ex­plor­ing the sta­tis­tics of ergodicity in pieces writ­ten for com­puter (Er­go­dos I & II), which can be played for­wards, back­wards, wholly, par­tially, sep­a­rately, or over­laid – the disc of­fers the works in­di­vid­u­ally as well as in com­bi­na­tion with other in­stru­men­tal pieces. It’s the purely in­stru­men­tal works (which in­clude two Seegersongs from 1999 and the Cagean Er­go­dos III of 1990 for two pi­anos) that make the strong­est im­pres­sion in this fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion. www.uk.hm­bou­tique.com

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