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Paths not taken

by Erik Griswold

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Paths Not Taken
for alto flute, tuned flower pots, and contrabass in 19-tone equal temperment.

Paths Not Taken has three movements which parallel each other in form. In each movement, a simple melody at the beginning is fragmented and reconstructed to create a collective, gamelon-like texture at the end. As the piece progresses, its melodies are distilled to harmonic essences which become more and more skeletal.


released September 21, 1992

Alto flute - John Fonville
Tuned flower pots - Brett Reed
Contrabass - Ulfar Haraldsson

Recorded at University of California, Warren Studios, 1992.

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Josef Kucera


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Erik Griswold Brisbane, Australia

Every object has two functions - to be put to use and to be possessed...The last note of one phrase sometimes serves as the first note of the next one...As a garden is full of flowers, so this species of counterpoint should be full of excellences of all kinds, a plastic melodic line, liveliness of movement, and beauty and variety of form.... ... more

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