Monday, May 02, 2005

"Yellow Pages"

I thought I try my hand again at 20th century literature. In this unique piece, we find a small ensemble playing rapid notes. Michael Torke does an excellent job of using the individual instrument timbres to create unique voices, and motives amongst chaos. The piece has no typical form or harmonic structure. No melody or countermelody. Instead it has character. Although it is chaotic and seemingly non-understandable, it does make a little sense. It is almost as if the composer took the Yellow Pages and started to flip through, with each company a new motive. The yellow pages is large, sometimes confusing, and it is often difficult to find what you are looking for. Torke does a stand up job of creating a piece of 20th century chamber music reflecting the busy and chaotic business world of today.

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