Various Artists

Lesbian American Composers

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This CD presents ten interesting works, in diverse styles, by as many composers. Pauline Oliveros' Poem of Change (1992) is a powerful and thoughtful piece for evocative sound effects, voice and accordion. Nurit Tilles' Raw Silk (A Rag) (1994), is an alternatively sultry and light-hearted virtuosic piano work. Linda Montano's mysterious Portrait of Sappho (1997) is written for voice, low drum and piano. Lori Freedman and Marilyn Lerner's Barbie's Other Shoe (1997) is a lively and jazzy work. Paula Kimper's lyrical and operatic I Want To Live is taken from Patience & Sarah (1997). Eve Beglarian's Wolf Chaser (1995) is a truly innovative work, full of rich and intriguing timbres for violin, wolf chaser, percussion and electronics. Jennifer Higdon's running the edgE (1996) is a wildly energetic ensemble work. Annea Lockwood's I Give You Back (1993) is a moving solo for soprano. Madelyn Byrne's computer music composition Winter (1997) is rich in imagery and mystery. The last work is Ruth Anderson's sound collage SUM (State of the Union Message) (1973 /revised 1997). In the liner notes, the various composers discuss their thoughts about participating in this collection, as well as the musical ideas of the compositions.

Some people ask why "Lesbian American" should be used as a designation, but after centuries of musical dictionaires like Men in Music and the Great Composers (i.e., male, European) some alternative emphasis certainly seems long overdue; but more than that, we now live in a multi-cultural, and multi-everything else world, and, to quote from the album's liner notes "As beautiful, strong and diverse as the voices of women in America today, the music of these ten lesbian American composers speaks to the heart, soul and conscience of our times." So, in answer to the question "Why?": "Why Not?".

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