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POUND, EZRA: Ego Scriptor Cantilenae/The Music of Ezra Pound
For a few this will be Big News. Pound's original and eccentric music (aided by George Antheil) is much written about but virtually never heard; now these historical recordings have been gathered from rare performances. Mostly text based and pitched somewhere between medieval vocal music (sparsely accompanied by a small chamber group) and Erik Satie's 'Socrate', these works occupied some 15 years (on and off) of Pound's life. Le Testament, written in the early 20's was first performed in 1971 and Cavalcanti, though commissioned by the BBC, was never submitted to them and was thought lost until it was reconstructed by Robert Hughes in the 1980s. Comes with an excellent 80-page booklet, a thorough essay by Pound music expert Margaret Fisher, and previously unpublished photographs.