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Kevin Volans

Publisher: Chester Music

Nine Beginnings (1976)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
1976
Duration
10 Minutes
Orchestration
Availability
Programme Note
Kevin Volans Nine Beginnings (1976)
I wrote Nine Beginnings on and off between 1976 and 1979 in Cologne. My aim (along with friends like Walter Zimmerman and Michael von Biel) was to restore and explore the 'middle register' of music in all parameters: eg tempo, rhythm, pitch, duration and dynamics. The result was labelled 'The New Simplicity' and provoked violent critical reaction. Accusations of 'musical devolution' with hints of Third Reich-style anti-intellectualism were hurled at pieces like Zimmerman’s Beginner’s Mind - a surprising response to pieces that today seem so innocuous.

Kevin Volans

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