Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion

These 11 works -- epigrammatically notated but quite extended in performance -- may be described as minimalist music, though with caution. If a comparison can be made, Tenney 's minimalism is closer in intention and spirit to Morton Feldman 's expansive reiterations than it is to the active pattern music of Steve Reich or Philip Glass.

Yet Tenney 's uncluttered instrumental music is even more akin to electronic music, of which the composer is also an innovative practitioner. Longest of all, August Harp lasts for almost 43 minutes, and its spare, ringing tones linger in the mind long after the music ends. The Barton Workshop , directed by James Fulkerson , performs with great concentration, and the recorded sound is sensitive enough to capture the timbres and acoustics so critical to these pieces.

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Note: Welcome to this story! It's just a short little thing that I thought of after going to a percussion concert with a friend. One of the works on the program was John Cage's First Construction in Metal , which involves a pianist who has an assistant who leans into the open piano to tap the strings with metal rods.

It's a position that's not without some risk, and I asked myself, "what if something went wrong? There are good performances of all of these works available on YouTube, if you'd like to hear them for yourself. Enjoy this story, and I'll see you at the end! Too obvious, even for you. It's too late for Madame Tussaud's, and we wouldn't have taken a taxi, since it's so close to home. The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre? Sherlock wrinkled his nose in frustration and lapsed into silence.

John sank back against the seat of the taxi. He glanced out of the window and allowed himself a secret smile at having managed to outwit Sherlock. Sherlock's combined smugness over the discovery and his genuine pleasure in the present had completely blinded him to John's plans for his birthday. John found himself enjoying Sherlock's excitement, much more than he anticipated enjoying the gift itself. The taxi turned onto Silk Street and drew to a stop.

John paid the driver as Sherlock stepped onto the pavement, a look of intrigued wonder spreading across his face. He took a quick glance at the tickets in their plain envelope. You've been talking so much about odd music lately, I thought you'd enjoy it. He handed the tickets to an usher and received two programmes in exchange. He gave one to Sherlock, who opened it right away and began to pore over it as John guided him to their seats.

I've never had the opportunity to hear their music performed live before. The curtain rose, revealing an assortment of drums, boxes, bells, and xylophones. John glanced at the programme and saw that the first piece listed was called The Anvil Chorus. That, he decided, was the one flaw in an otherwise excellent plan; it was entirely possible that an entire evening of listening to musicians bang on drums and boxes might drive him mad, or at least make him long for the more familiar squawks and wails of Sherlock's violin.

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A beautiful piece, both for its sparse but specific notation, and for the indescribable acoustic phenomenon that is created with each performance. "In James Tenney’s “Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion” a single note is to be played as an extended roll on an unspecified percussion instrument [here tam tam], displaying an arch from low to loud to low. .

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  1. While attending a concert by the Kronos Quartet at the Aspen Music Festival, composer Alvin Lucier found himself "riveted" by the ensemble's arrangement of James Tenney's Koan (originally composed for solo violin in ). Despite the piece's conceptual simplicity, Lucier observed, "You listen to one inexorable process, getting surprised by small occurrences along the way.
  2. Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion · James Tenney · Matthias Kaul The Solo Works for Percussion.
  3. Listen to Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion on Spotify. James Tenney · Song · Music Duration: 17 min.
  4. Having Never Written a Note for Percussion Lyrics: James Tenney was an American experimental music composer. John Cage was one of his professors and mentors early on. Tenney’s experiments in.
  5. May 01,  · Though it's not used here, the title of Tenney's piece is often written as "Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion." Simplifying greatly, in Zen Buddhist teaching a koan is an enigmatic statement, question or story, given by teachers to students in order to test them. Traditionally, they lack any clear resolution/5.
  6. Oct 13,  · 50+ videos Play all Mix - James Tenney - Having Never Written A Note For Percussion YouTube James Tenney - Form 2 (In Memoriam John Cage) () - Duration: architectureaboutdancing 1, views.
  7. Experimental ensemble Zeitkratzer dedicate this latest disc to the music of American composer and music theorist James Tenney (a student of John Cage, Harry Partsch and Edgard Varese), performing three of his works: 'Critical Band' (), 'Harmonium No. 2' () and 'Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion' (). The recordings were made live at the .

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