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ARTIST
TITLE
Divergence
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
NEOS 21306CD NEOS 21306CD
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RELEASE DATE
9/2/2014

The composer's art is one of personal habitation and felt experience. Rhythmic, warm, direct and nuanced, always intense and alive. A musical work lives and grows inside of its creator. Day or night, on a train or tram, along wooded pathways and mountainous perches, the work evolves to find, hopefully, a place vibrantly, in the world. Living with a musical work means reliving it as well. Its perfections and imperfections, its spirit and character, and all the choices made in its realization. "Divergence": the moving away from a center; the personal iteration from before into what comes after through change, chance and manipulation: pathways redirected and abandoned, options tested, then deployed. Arnold Schönberg diverges from 19th century romantic expansions into a realm of derivative cells, "rowed" together seamlessly to dissolve traditional tonal access. "Consonances are easier to understand than dissonances; and though dissonances are harder to understand, they are not incomprehensible (as the history of music indeed proves) so long as they occur in the right surroundings -- then nobody will be able to dispute them." (Arnold Schönberg, Style and Idea, University of California Press). Erich Korngold's romantic and emotional music defies and diverges from ongoing styles and trends emphasizing atonality and serialism to create a musical tapestry full of emotional intensity and beauty, while Duke Ellington's music diverges from categorical definition, liberating itself through extended compositions, suites and inventive orchestrations into a place beyond the sometimes narrowly defined parameters of jazz.