Mark Volker: Young Prometheus Mark Volker
- Mark Volker (1974 - ): 3 Quotations:
- 1No. 1, Morning Chorus05:22
- 2No. 2, I Am07:59
- 3No. 3, Future Shock05:14
- 4Dust to Dust06:21
- Echoes of Yesterday:
- 5Echoes of Yesterday05:40
- Young Prometheus:
- 6Scene 1, Daybreak and Opening07:07
- 7Scene 2, The Bully, the Cheerleader, and the Shy Girl06:16
- 8Scene 3, The Blind Girl04:20
- 9Scene 4, Frank, the Jock, and the Cheerleader03:44
- 10Scene 5, The Misfits03:05
- 11Scene 6, Love Ballad03:06
- 12Scene 7, Confrontation05:14
- 13Scene 8, Finale03:28
Info for Mark Volker: Young Prometheus
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.
Luna Nova Ensemble(3 Quotations)
John McMurtery, flute
Nobuko Igarashi, clarinet, bass clarinet
Daniel Gilbert, violin
Craig Hultgren, cello
Adam Bowles, piano
Katelyn Westergard, violin(Dust to Dust)
Alicia Enstrom, violin
Jim Grosjean, viola
Emily Nelson, cello
Matthew Davich, clarinet (Echoes of Yesterday)
Carolyn Treybig, flute(Young Prometheus)
Matthew Davich, clarinet
Alison Gooding Hoffman, violin
Stephen Drake, cello
Kristian Klefstad, piano
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