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Thema: James Tenney

sun 25 mar 2018

In Thema on Wednesday 28 March 20.00 CET you can listen to part 1 of our series about the American composer James Tenney (1934-2006) and his many followers.

In his music James Tenney investigates the crystalline beauty of pure harmony. He composed thrilling microtonal works in which he experiments with pristine sound.  In addition he excelled in works that reveal the richness in a simple spectrum of sound. Sometimes this results in delicate and almost minimal compositions, at other times in exuberant eruptions of sound.  Over the last fifty years Tenney has become one of the most influential thought leaders in the the world of experimental music.  New generations of composers have been influenced by his revolutionary ideas. In a series of two special Thema programmes we will be looking primarily at the work of these composers. Part 1 on Wednesday 28 March (20.00-22.00 CET) features music by Tenney and the American composers Larry Polansky, Michael Winter and Catherine Lamb. Part-2 will be broadcast in April and includes work by composers who are active in Germany including Chiyoko Szlavnics and Marc Sabat.

Click here for the playlist.