Music: Experiment in Time

The music is spare. It also manages to be both intricate and delicate. The vocal line is continually pulverized and reassembled—hurled at the listener in fragments, sent darting and swooping with almost maniacal power. And behind it much of the time, the brasses chatter, the winds and strings flow and stretch and blend into an uneasy harmony. The sense of unease, in fact, is what gives strength to the score, suggesting not lack of control but a roiling dramatic energy.

Structure & Sound. As if the sounds of Composer Lukas Foss's Time Cycle are not startling enough, the piece is curiously...

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