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Stolen Music

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Catalog Number: CPS-8675
Audio Format: Digital Stereo
Playing Time: 68:11
Release Date: 2000

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    Nicklettes, A piano suite for children
  1. The Pennsylvania Monument (1:01)
  2. Houses on the Fox River (0:37)
  3. Ghosts in the Mont Clare (1:20)
  4. Barbed wire from Niwot (1:12)
  5. Faulkner Alley (1:03)
  6. The Elgin Quenn (0:57)
  7. Lafayette Square (1:41)
    Matthew Davidson, piano solo


    Four Songs for Unaccompanied Clarinet in Bb
  8. Strc Prst Skrz Krk (On the central steps of my verandah) (4:25)
  9. Selig ist die Seele (Two-part invention in the Ituri style) (2:53)
  10. Blues in Fifteenths (2:43)
  11. El Zapateado Mexicano Pretensioso (Mas enchiladas, por favor!) (1:57)
    Christie Vohs, clarinet solo
  12. The Minute Passacaglia for electronic tape (1:00)
    Deux Plaisanteries
  13. Roll Jordan Roll (3:30)
  14. Dangdut (1:36)
    Taimur Sullivan, alto sax
    Alissa Eells, piano
  15. "#5" for electronic tape (6:03)
    Three Elusive Rags for piano solo
  16. Mystery Rag (4:00)
Elegiac Rag (3:50)
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  18. Transylvanian Tickler (2:11)
    Matthew Davidson, piano solo
  19. Signor Grinderino (7:45)
    for electronic tape
    Stolen Music
  20. Groundhog (1:36)
  21. Ba Mbuti (4:24)
  22. Tula (4:10)
    Lisa Goethe, flute solo
  23. Between the Lines (8:02)
    for electronic tape


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Matthew Davidson



ALIAS N.17 April, 2000 by Mauro Carli
Translated from Italian by Lorraine Murray

"He is a composer and pianist born in Toronto, Canada, in 1964. His name is Matthew Davidson and he now lives in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches piano privately. He studied at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), at the universities of Toronto and [Illinois at] Urbana-Champaign, and, as if following a script, he is moving determinedly through the crowded world of new music, writing and producing chamber pieces, orchestral music, improvisational works, electronic music, pieces for the theatre, musical comedies, etc.

"His new CD was released a few months ago, but for the international (and [Italian]) press, it doesn't exist. No reviews. Not a brief report. No announcement in the recording news; nothing. Absolutely nothing. And yet Anthony Braxton has no doubt: "Matthew Davidson? Revolutionary." It's hard to disagree with one of the most intelligent and knowledgeable musicians around.

". . . STOLEN MUSIC is really a fantastic mix of languages and an extraordinary and fascinating journey among the musical cultures of every corner of the globe. The references and citations start with ragtime . . . and finish with magnetic tape--three pieces. Among other elements are: blues, gospel, melodies of Mahler and Bach, harmonies borrowed from Karlheinz Stockhausen, Anton Webern, Lennie Tristano, [and] Thelonious Monk, and rereadings and transcriptions of folk music (Bulgarian, Spanish, American, Afghan, Pygmy, etc.) issued on labels like Folkways, New World, Kiwi-Pacific, etc. Matthew Davidson is also an excellent performer, and in "A Piano Suite for Children" he demonstrates this amply.

"The CD has nine tracks [sic]. The other busy musicians are Alissa Eels (piano), Lisa Goethe (flute), Taimur Sullivan (sax), and Christie Vohs (clarinet). In short, the CD presents an inquiry that is simultaneously complex and communicative, very original, and with a well-defined identity. [Davidson is] a young composer who merits attention in the world of new music. How many works of this sort are passing unobserved?"