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Minimalism Conference, Day 3

This summary has to be a short one, since I need to finish preparing for my paper presentation tomorrow morning, but today was another excellent conference day.  During the day, in addition to papers there was a concert of Tom Johnson‘s extremely minimal Organ and Silence performed by Neely Bruce.  At dinner time Robert Carl gave a plenary address about In C, a subject on which he has just published a book.  Then we all had some of the justly famous Kansas City barbecue.  In the evening Sarah Cahill, a great champion of contemporary music, gave a concert which included two recently completed transcriptions of Harold Budd‘s The Children on the Hill.  The piece was originally improvised, and there exist two vastly different recordings, which Kyle Gann has painstakingly transcribed.  The pieces are quite beautiful.  The rest of the concert was good too, but the other highlights for me were an excerpt of Hans Otte‘s Das Buch der Klange, which is virtuosic, beautiful, and spectacular, and John Adams‘s China Gates, which he actually wrote for Sarah Cahill many years ago.

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Comment from Dean
Time: September 12, 2009, 12:12 am

Sounds great, Galen. I really love Hans Otte’s music – certainly that piece! And I never realized that “China Gates” was written for Sarah. Tom’s music is definitely something to marvel at – were other piece of his performed?

Comment from Dean Rosenthal
Time: September 14, 2009, 11:45 pm

Oh, and was there Kyle Gann talk given?