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Kyle Gann

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Kyle Gann (b. 1955) is a composer and music critic born in Dallas, Texas. As a critic for the Village Voice and other publications he is a supporter of progressive music including totalism, his own music is often rhythmically complex and uses just intonation or alternate tunings. Gann studied composition primarily with Ben Johnston and Peter Gena, and briefly with Morton Feldman.

Gann's books include American Music in the 20th century, ISBN 002864655X; The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, ISBN 0521465346; and Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice.

Since 1997 he has taught music theory, history, and composition at Bard College.

Major Works:

Unquiet Night (2004) for Disklavier (computer-driven acoustic piano)

Private Dances for piano (2000/04)

The Watermelon Cargo, microtonal chamber opera for six singers, three synthesizers, flute, fretless bass, and drummer (2002-3)

Cinderella's Bad Magic, microtonal chamber opera for six singers, three synthesizers, flute, and fretless bass (2001-2)

Transcendental Sonnets for chorus and orchestra (2001-2)

Hovenweep for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello (2000)

Time Does Not Exist for piano (2000)

Desert Sonata for clarinet and piano (1999)

Custer and Sitting Bull for speaker, synthesizer, and soundfile (1996-99)

The Disappearance of All Holy Things from this Once So Promising World for orchestra (1998)

Snake Dance No. 2 for five percussionists (1994)

I'itoi Variations for two pianos (1985)

Long Night for three pianos (1980-81)


External links

Listening

  • GannAudio (http://www.kylegann.com/Gannaudio.html) from Kyle Gann's Homepage


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