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Roscoe Mitchell

Four Compositions

Label: Lovely Music, Ltd.

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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*2022 stock* "Any resemblance between these pointillistic chamber compositions and Schoenberg is purely coincidental. Delicate as to texture, curiously dispassionate as to mood, these mostly notated woodwind, string, and piano chamber works are motivically atonal, but tend to collapse into tonal cadences just to show you they know where they are. Like Ornette Coleman, Mitchell's playing with the tension between center and periphery, but in a milder, more abstract idiom and from the other direction; Coleman still had the center as a given, Mitchell's trying to reconstitute it. His most enticing non-Art Ensemble release, this demands and repays careful listening." -- Kyle Gann, The Village Voice

Cat. number: LCD 2021
Year: 1987
Tracks 1 to 3 recorded at Mills Hall, the University of Wisconsin, Madison on the Mark Levinson Recording System. Track 4 was recorded at the Center for Education and Arts, New Haven, Connecticut, on the Mark Levinson Recording System. Partial funding for the recording of track 4 was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. With special thanks to Marty Cann. Cover photograph, "Untitled—Lansing, Michigan" Art Ensemble of Chicago Publishing/AMRA ©Ⓟ 1987 Lovely Music All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.