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Time Curve Preludes by William Duckworth

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 57 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Pianist Neely Bruce performs William Duckworth’s 24 pieces for solo piano, known collectively as the “Time Curve Preludes.” According to the composer’s web site these works “reflect the coming together of Duckworth's long-term interests in new musical forms created through rhythm, the use of modal and synthetic scales, and the defining of musical centers of gravity with drones; drones heard as auras of sound hovering within and around each prelude. Musically, The ‘Time Curve Preludes’ focus on one principal melody, which is based on the Dies Irae, and include hints of Satie, Bluegrass banjo picking, and, on occasion, the piano playing style of Jerry Lee Lewis, all held in musical space by a durational architecture based on proportional time. This architecture makes extensive use of the Fibonacci series, as well as additive, reductive, and cumulative structures that Duckworth created. The ‘Time Curve Preludes’ bring together most of the rhythmic ideas that interested Duckworth for years, as well as indicate the direction his subsequent work was to take.”

This particular performance was recorded at Bucknell University, in Lewisberg, PA on April 17, 1979.

(description taken from: http://www.billduckworth.com/time-curve-preludes-info)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Time Curve Preludes, Book One: Preludes I-XII (1977-78) (28:43) / William Duckworth
Performers:  Neely Bruce, piano
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  20th century classical; New music; Piano music
People:  Duckworth, William; Bruce, Neely
Recording Date:  4/17/1979
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Time Curve Preludes, Book Two: Preludes XIII-XXIV (1978) (28:49) / William Duckworth
Performers:  Neely Bruce, piano
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  20th century classical; New music; Piano music
People:  Duckworth, William; Bruce, Neely
Recording Date:  4/17/1979
 
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