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ARTIST
TITLE
Lonesome Road (The Crawford Variations)
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
NW 80566CD NW 80566CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/16/2001

"Larry Polansky (b. 1954), though known primarily for his work in the field of computer music, has produced a major addition to the keyboard literature, this massive theme-and-variations on Ruth Crawford Seeger's arrangement of the folk song 'Lonesome Road'. Inspired by his deep engagement with her music, 'Lonesome Road' (1988-89) is a prime example of Polansky's penchant for building large architectonic structures through complex transformational processes. The work is in three sections of seventeen variations each. This is the world-premiere recording of this mammoth piece, a wonderful amalgam of Ivesian pianism, gamelan patterns, jazz-tinged harmonies, and folk song. Its size and grandeur hark back to a pianistic outsider tradition of sui generis works and it is the most important American keyboard work since Frederic Rzewski's 'The People United Will Never Be Defeated'."