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Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers (review)

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers (review) Concert Reviews 525 The parallels between the Kirana style . . . and my music with long sustained tones, the focus on one work over long periods of time, and just intonation, are remarkable—a set of shared concerns that seemingly evolved indepen- dently but actually derived from a common source of higher inspiration and resulted in a merging of East and West that now continues with informed awareness. Further, Young himself indicated that the two strands of creative work will here- with remain inextricable. “The Just Alap Raga Ensemble,” the program notes stated, “is now Young’s primary compositional and performance vehicle.” The Guggenheim concerts in one sense merely made evident similarities long la- tent in his “Eastern” and “Western” creative pursuits. Yet as a conscious fusion of Eastern and Western elements (including venue, context, instruments, and pitch treatment) that had been ostensibly distinct in their previous pursuits, the March 2009 concerts introduced a new stage in Young and Zazeela’s creative development. Jeremy Grimshaw Brigham Young University Leonard Bernstein, Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, October 16–18 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, October 24 at Carnegie http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers (review)

American Music , Volume 27 (4) – Feb 26, 2010

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University of Illinois Press
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Copyright © 2009 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
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1945-2349

Abstract

Concert Reviews 525 The parallels between the Kirana style . . . and my music with long sustained tones, the focus on one work over long periods of time, and just intonation, are remarkable—a set of shared concerns that seemingly evolved indepen- dently but actually derived from a common source of higher inspiration and resulted in a merging of East and West that now continues with informed awareness. Further, Young himself indicated that the two strands of creative work will here- with remain inextricable. “The Just Alap Raga Ensemble,” the program notes stated, “is now Young’s primary compositional and performance vehicle.” The Guggenheim concerts in one sense merely made evident similarities long la- tent in his “Eastern” and “Western” creative pursuits. Yet as a conscious fusion of Eastern and Western elements (including venue, context, instruments, and pitch treatment) that had been ostensibly distinct in their previous pursuits, the March 2009 concerts introduced a new stage in Young and Zazeela’s creative development. Jeremy Grimshaw Brigham Young University Leonard Bernstein, Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, October 16–18 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, October 24 at Carnegie

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Feb 26, 2010

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