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Music of James Tenney / Arcana New Music Ensemble

  • Fleisher Art Memorial 719 Catharine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19147 United States (map)

One of the most influential American composers of the 20th century, James Tenney (1934-2006) combined the experimental spirit of Cage and company with a rigorous grounding in acoustics, perception, and information theory. This program explores Tenney’s music for string instruments, from his diagrammatic Postal Pieces (1965-71) to his last major work, the string quartet Arbor vitae (2006). The centerpiece is Tenney’s 1982 composition Glissade, a five-movement work for viola, cello, contrabass, and delay system that serves as a compendium of his major compositional interests and techniques.

Cellogram (1971)

Carolina Diazgranados, cello

Harmonium #5 (1978)

Myanna Harvey, violin

Emma Hughey, viola

Carolina Diazgranados, cello

Koan (1971)

Anna Lim, violin

Glissade (1982)

Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola

Tom Kraines, cello

Evan Runyon, bass

with tape-delay system

Beast (1971)

Evan Runyon, bass

Arbor vitae (2006)

Anna Lim, violin I

Myanna Harvey, violin II

Emma Hughey, viola

Tom Kraines, cello

 

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