Posted by: Josh <Send E-Mail> Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at 8:15 a.m. IP Address: modemcable243.140-130-66.que.mc.videotron.ca
"[...] the composer's inaccessible style that ignores the norms of classical and contemporary music."
While I'm happy that the reviewer finally seems to be digging a Goldenthal score, I think that said reviewer's classical knowledge is limited to those mass-produced Mozart-and-Beethoven grab-bag CDs. There is something called the avant-garde, which dawned near the beginning of the past century, going against the grain in more ways than one with regards to musical compositions. Atonality, serialism, pushing instruments to their extreme limits, experiments in masses of sound, dissonance, musique concrète, the emergence of mistiness-clarity, and a bunch of other things came to and Goldenthal makes use of some of those in his scores all the time.
So, to say that he ignores the rules of contemporary music is to show, very blatantly, that one does not know what contemporary music is.