CLAUDE BAKER (b.1948): The Glass Bead Game, Awaking the Winds, Shadows: Four Dirge-Nocturnes, The Mystic Trumpeter.
Catalogue Number: 10O084
Description: Baker plays an ingenious Glass Bead Game of his own in these pieces, and not only the one based on Hesse's novel. Quotations from and allusions to many other composers -often very recognizable - are seamlessly blended with Baker's own freely chromatic, sometimes largely atonal language, determining the harmonic vocabulary of the moment, in forms that themselves comment ironically on the artificially constructed relationships between the works' musical and literary antecedents. The latter, aside from Hesse, are as diverse as the musical borrowings, encompassing Whitman, haiku, Dylan Thomas and Rückert, the latter refracted through Stravinsky and Mahler respectively. St. Louis Symphony; Leonard Slatkin, Hans Vonk (Trumpeter).