Kyle Gann: Custer And Sitting Bull

Kyle Gann

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Classical, Contemporary Classical
New World
September 7, 2018

Format: Compact Disc



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This recording features three works by Kyle Gann (b. 1955) - Custer and Sitting Bull, Scenario, and So Many Little Dyings, from the decade 1994 to 2004.

"New World [Records], once again, point the way to how these things should be done." Musicweb International.

Those familiar with Gann's music will recognize a commitment to just intonation (alternate tunings), paired with a deployment of unexpected meters, often set to frequently shifting tempos. But here we also encounter another side of Gann, a composer preoccupied with texts, the inherent rhythms found within the spoken word, and the dramatic potential of these texts (including poems, interviews, stories, speeches, and even one psychic transmission).

A musical reflection on the historic encounter between Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the Lakota leader Sitting Bull, Custer and Sitting Bull (1995 - 99), presented here in an updated version, is an example of a "pocket opera," a kind of one-person opera that blossomed in the unfunded spaces of Downtown Manhattan.

While it takes the form of reimagined American history, Custer is perhaps most centrally about the value of sustained, repeated listening. Indeed, Gann's use of just intonation not only rewards but arguably requires many hearings to access certain subtleties.

The title of So Many Little Dyings (1994) is taken from the Kenneth Patchen poem "And What with the Blunders" (from First Will & Testament, 1939). The entire work originates from the pitch and rhythm of Patchen's spoken voice, which Gann sampled and transcribed from a recorded recitation of the poem.

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Key Value
Catalogue number NW80801
Barcode 0093228080121
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 15mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Custer And Sitting Bull: Scene 1: Custer: "If I Were An Indi -
2. Custer And Sitting Bull: Scene 2: Sitting Bull: "Do You Know -
3. Custer And Sitting Bull: Scene 3: Sun Dance/Battle Of The Gr -
4. Custer And Sitting Bull: Scene 4: Custer's Ghost To Sitting -
5. So Many Little Dyings -
6. Scenario -