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Meredith Monk, Dolmen Music

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Meredith Monk, Dolmen Music

Audio CD

Disk ID: 205550

Disk length: 46m 43s (5 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1981

Label: Unknown

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“Dolmen Music” Tracks & Durations

1. Gotham Lullaby 4:19
2. Travelling 6:18
3. The Tale 2:51
4. Biography 9:32
5. Ee Lullaby, Calls, Conclusion23:39

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Review

By 1981, when Dolmen Music was released, Meredith Monk was already a seasoned composer, using voice as her main musical vehicle. Beyond categories like instrumental music, art songs, or opera, Monk's music pivots on extraordinary contrasts--leaps from mellifluous flow to staccato, and extreme register utterances. The shorter pieces on Dolmen Music have distinct art song-- or even pop--traces in their rolling piano figures and attention to melody. But the title suite is a generous reigning in of Robert Een's deliberate cello, Julius Eastman's colorful percussion, and an array of vocal tones that couple low, long bellows with short bursts of high, almost electronic-sounding palpitations. Monk has made vocal music without compare in this piece. -- Andrew Bartlett