Christian Wolff - Bread and Roses

Christian Wolff

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Sally Pinkas, piano

Christian Wolff came to prominence in the 1950s as an associate of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown and the other American experimentalists of that period, later working with Cornelius Cardew and Frederic Rzewski. His work has gone through many transformations, including minimalism (the early 1950s), indeterminancy, open form and works connected with political issues.

The recent set of piano works on this record stem from his "political" period, often drawing on material from popular song and other politically connected musics.

The ELEVEN PRELUDES (1981) are a wonderful collection of self-contained pieces, each representing one principal idea or process.

BREAD AND ROSES (1976) is based on a song of the same title (Sally Pinkas includes the original song on this disc) written during the great mill strike of 1912 in Lawrence, MA. The song caught the voices and
asprirations of the women who took part in this
infamous strike.

PIANO SONG (I AM A DANGEROUS WOMAN) (1983) is based on Joan Cavanaugh's fierce anti-war poem.

The last work, HAY UNA MUJER DESAPARECIDA (1979) is a set of variations on a song by Holly Near which was a lament for the women who "disappeared" in Pinochet's junta in Chile during the 1970s.

Most of these works are RECORDED HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME. This disc is also important as one of the first all-Wolff recitals to be issued.

Prepared under the composer's direction, the pieces are expertly played by Sally Pinkas. The Boston Globe had this to say: "...played with technical authority, a wide range of colorings, shadings...and imagination."

This is the first in a number of releases of Christian Wolff's music to be presented on Mode.

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Also by Christian Wolff on Mode:
Vol. 2: "I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman" performed by The Barton
            Workshop (mode 69)
Vol. 3: Tilbury Pieces (complete) Snowdrop (mode 74)
Vol. 4: Look She Said: Complete Works for Bass (mode 109)
Vol. 5: Complete Works for Violin and Piano (mode 126)
Vol. 6: (Re):Making Music (mode 133/134)
Vol 7: Incidental Music & Keyboard Miscellany (286/287, 2-CDs)

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