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Narcissus: Strata/Panacea (1994) is inspired by the myth of Narcissus and the idea of intense inward examination and self-criticism. The musical narrative consists of various fragments which overlap and interact with each other to create 'violent changes in perspective'. Applebaum states: 'Necessary but futile, this stratified process demands a constrasting incarnation -- a monolithic panacea of infinite domain, the bank of a reflective, one-dimensional stream.'

Elegy (1995) is a graphical score which can be performed on either piano or carillon (the original version) and was written in memory of composer Keith Humble (1927-1995). This disc contains both versions. The score is circular, considering of intervals and fragments which the performer interprets and orders. Each has its own virtues, although this listener prefers the ringing sonority of the carillon version [listen -- track 4, 1:00-2:06].

Neo-Tribes (1997) consists of four indeterminate 'mobiles' which can be arranged by the performer in any order in between other strictly determined sections. The work refers to specific compositions by Ferneyhough, Haubenstock-Romati, and Stockhausen [listen -- Track 5, 0:00-0:46].

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Copyright © 22 April 2006 Carson P Cooman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


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