Galina Ustvolskaya stands outside fashion, past or present. Hallmarks of her style are unswerving severity and seriousness, presented in a predominantly harsh, hard-edged sound spectrum, eschewing the tonal gradations and pedalling subtleties of the best-loved piano music. It is bleak and compelling, neither typically avant garde nor minimalist; cathartic but never comfortable: - from an excellent obituary of Galina Ustvolskaya in today's Guardian.
Now read about another contemporary composer who was Neither avant garde nor traditional.
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