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Friday, February 17, 2012
William Vollinger, Raspberry Man
The title work is a chamber piece for small group and singer-recitator. The composer does the vocal part; the Juventas Ensemble takes on the instrumental parts. "Raspberry Man" is a wryly funny sung-spoken story that skillfully combines modern chamber music compositional style with an amusing story about a fellow who stood outside Jack Dempsey's Restaurant in Manhattan and gave passers-by the raspberrys.
The second short piece, "Emmanuel Changed" has a similar trajectory.
It's interesting, funny, well performed and well written music with a definite twist.