Roger Reynolds (b. 1934)
An American composer with a degree in engineering physics, Reynolds is a very eclectic and experimental artist whose work explores the boundaries of space, perception, and technology. Musically influenced by the American Experimentalists and the Second Viennese School, many of his works are built around texts dervied from mythology and postmodern literature, and his impressive catalog covers a wide range of musical territory from string quartets to multimedia productions involving computers, video, dance and theater. Among numerous other awards and commissions, he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for his Whispers Out of Time for string orchestra. Watershed, a "pathbreaking exploration of the new DVD medium," was released by Mode Records in January of 1999 and features his music. He is currently professor of music at the University of California at San Diego.
The works of Reynolds draw from many modern authors, including García Márquez, Joyce, Beckett, and of course, Borges. In fact, there is a Reynolds page on nearly every site on the Libyrinth!
Compass -- (1972-73). For tenor, bass, cello and double-bass, this is a setting of the poem "Compass," from El otro, el mismo.
Voicespace III, "Eclipse" -- (1979). For voice and tape, with texts by Borges, Joyce, García Márquez, Issa, Melville, and Stevens.
Voicespace IV, "The Palace" -- (1980). For voice and pre-recorded materials; a "setting" of the poem "The Palace" from El oro de los tigres.
The Garden of Forking Paths offers a more comprehensive Reynolds biography here.
Roger Reynolds has a very nice Homepage maintained by his wife, Karen Reynolds.
You may purchase Borges-related Reynolds CDs online from Lovely Music CDs. They maintain a Reynolds Page with a small bio. You may also order it from Amazon.com below:
Roger Reynolds (Composer) / Audio CD 1801 / Released 1994
Mode Records features Watershed, a DVD that contains Eclipse, on their News page. You can purchase Watershed directly from Amazon.com below:
Watershed 4/Eclipse/Red Act Arias ~ DVD
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