"Lubomyr Melnyk (*1948) is a Canadian composer and pianist of Ukrainian origins. During the 1970's he began developing his own unique language for the piano - called Continuous Music - and with it, a stupendous physical and mental technique that is totally unprecedented in the history of the piano. Melnyk has steadfastly devoted his life to the pursuit of pianistic love and excellence, only releasing a few pieces on vinyl and later on CD-Rs in very small runs. While finding the contemporary classical music of the time to be far too based on the spectacle, he began creating his Continuous Music by rapidly projecting pure chordal sounds (sometime broken) through time, by maintaining a continuous and unbroken stream of tones that build a chain of patterned links, seamless and effervescent. Melnyk was undoubtedly inspired by the music of Terry Riley and Steve Reich, who had, in turn, been inspired by the Gamelan music of Bali as many of the Minimalists were. Although his music is generally classified as Minimalism, Melnyk strongly refuses that term preferring to call his music Maximalism, since the player has to generate so many notes to create these fourth dimensions of sound. In his earlier works, he did devote much of his attention to the overtones which the piano generates, but in developing his Continouous Music he has become more and more involved with the melodic potential of this music. The Voice Of Trees was recorded in 1983 but never officially released. It is a 64 minute composition including Lubomyr Melnyk on piano and Melvyn Poore (who became a member of Zeitkratzer many years later) on tuba, both instruments played in real-time and over backing tracks. The Voice of Trees is a work of true and intense beauty. It is a lost masterpiece, as many of Melnyk's pieces are, that need not hide in the shadow of the Reich/Glass/Riley axis but come to light in the history of twentieth-century composition." (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | CH| 2011| HINTERZIMMER | 13.90

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