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BARBARA WHITE: "My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon" (2008)

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Published on Sep 30, 2011

Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Alan Kay, clarinet
Laura Frautschi, violin
Sophie Shao, cello
Joan Blacklow, piano

from Albany TROY1303

Music of transparent density and dense transparency by Barbara White.
Barbara White's music subverts our presumptions and compels us to alter the way we listen, to discard tired preconceptions and generic expectations. She projects a sense of stillness in the midst of intense activity and activity within stillness: we are directed to find the calm center in the furiously moving; alternately, we are invited to listen deeply and actively to the quieter music, to sense a vast reservoir of unexpressed energy, to enter the depths of reverbera¬tion and enjoy the subtle decay of harmonics, to be thrown off balance by an unexpectedly delayed or anticipated attack. This music of transparent density and dense transparency compels us. Its surprises enlighten rather than shock. White's music has been presented by ensembles such as the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Earplay, eighth blackbird, and janus. Honors and awards include a Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, three awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship. Ms. White is Professor of Music at Princeton University.

Contents:
Barbara White, composer
Five Elements
Jeffifer Frautschi, Laura Frautschi, violins, Daniel Panner, viola, Sophie Shao, cello, John Blacklow, piano

Barbara White, composer
Enough Rope
Sabrina Learman, soprano, Deborah Boldin, flute

Barbara White, composer
The Wound and the Eye
John Blacklow, piano

Barbara White, composer
My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon
Tara O'Connor, flute, Alan Kay, clarinet, Laura Frautschi, violin, Sophie Shao, cello, John Blacklow, piano

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