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Mark Volker: Young Prometheus


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Inspired by poetry and prose, composer Mark Volker’s latest release YOUNG PROMETHEUS is about reactions. From the philosophical reaction to the “Three Quotations" to the physical reactions in “Echoes of Yesterday," Volker creates an atmosphere that both conveys the optimistic and ominous. Each movement of the “Three Quotations" is inspired by a piece of writing from three different authors. The composition starts with the fluttering flutes and lofty strings of “Morning Chorus" evolving into the strong sounds and tense resilience of “I Am." The final movement, “Future Shock," develops relentlessly, creating an overwhelming atmosphere as a reaction to modern society’s never-ending movement. Two of the album’s tracks “Dust to Dust" and “Echoes of Yesterday" stand alone. “Dust to Dust" draws heavy inspiration from Raphaëlle Goethals’ painting “Bliss." The textures and organization of the composition, performed by a string quartet, reflect the painting’s dusty colors. In “Echoes of Yesterday," Volker takes the experimental route and creates a composition in which a solo clarinetist performs a complete composition while a computer is programmed to respond to the live performance. At certain locations in the score, the software creates sonic events including echoes, transpositions, and synthesized sound, persistently juxtaposing the acoustic with the electronic. The album wraps with the epic “Young Prometheus." The eight movements, originally composed as a score for a ballet inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein," succeeds as a standalone piece. The composition creates a theater of the mind with the orchestra providing personality for all the characters in the production.
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Item number NV6140
Barcode 896931004404
Release date 2/9/2018
Category Classical Music
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Various Artists
Disc: 1
3 Quotations00:20:00
1 3 Quotations: No. 1, Morning Chorus 00:05:22 Luna Nova Ensemble
2 3 Quotations: No. 2, I Am 00:07:59 Luna Nova Ensemble
3 3 Quotations: No. 3, Future Shock 00:05:14 Luna Nova Ensemble
Dust to Dust00:06:00
4 Dust to Dust 00:06:21 Enstrom, Alicia Westergard, Katelyn Grosjean, Jim Nelson, Emily
Echoes of Yesterday00:06:00
5 Echoes of Yesterday 00:05:40 Davich, Matthew
Young Prometheus00:30:00
6 Young Prometheus: Scene 1, Daybreak and Opening 00:07:07 Drake, Stephen Davich, Matthew Treybig, Carolyn Hoffman, Alison Gooding Klefstad, Kristian
7 Young Prometheus: Scene 2, The Bully, the Cheerlea 00:06:16 Drake, Stephen Davich, Matthew Treybig, Carolyn Hoffman, Alison Gooding Klefstad, Kristian
8 Young Prometheus: Scene 3, The Blind Girl 00:04:20 Drake, Stephen Davich, Matthew Treybig, Carolyn Hoffman, Alison Gooding Klefstad, Kristian
9 Young Prometheus: Scene 4, Frank, the Jock, and th 00:03:44 Drake, Stephen Davich, Matthew Treybig, Carolyn Hoffman, Alison Gooding Klefstad, Kristian
10 Young Prometheus: Scene 5, The Misfits 00:03:05 Drake, Stephen Davich, Matthew Treybig, Carolyn Hoffman, Alison Gooding Klefstad, Kristian
11 Young Prometheus: Scene 6, Love Ballad 00:03:06 Drake, Stephen Davich, Matthew Treybig, Carolyn Hoffman, Alison Gooding Klefstad, Kristian
12 Young Prometheus: Scene 7, Confrontation 00:05:14 Drake, Stephen Davich, Matthew Treybig, Carolyn Hoffman, Alison Gooding Klefstad, Kristian
13 Young Prometheus: Scene 8, Finale 00:03:28 Drake, Stephen Davich, Matthew Treybig, Carolyn Hoffman, Alison Gooding Klefstad, Kristian
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