Saturday, January 13, 2007

Neither typically avant garde nor minimalist

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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1 comment:

Pliable said...

Email received:Hello, thanks for your beautiful blog. http://www.overgrownpath.com/2007/01/neither-typically-avant-garde- nor.html Of course on the page linked above that is not a picture of Galina Ustvolskaya.Rather a picture of Delia Derbyshire (of Dr Who theme music fame)at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop http://www.delia-derbyshire.org/ Tried to say this in the comments on your blog but did not understand theID business, it wanted some url????

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