Various - Music from the Once Festival 1961-1966 5CD-Box 20521
[New World Records]

Various - Music from the Once Festival 1961-1966 5CD-Box 20521
Ann Arbor, Michigan, seems an unlikely site for the establishment of a major avant-garde festival that would shake the new-music community. Tucked away in America's heartland, the city is equally removed from the Eastern metropolises whose artists pride themselves on sensing the pulse of the times, and from the nonconformist West Coast. Yet during the 1960s Ann Arbor played host to one of the most extraordinary adventures in American music history: the annual ONCE Festival and its nexus of related activities. The primary aim of ONCE's founders-Robert Ashley, Gordon Mumma, George Cacioppo, Roger Reynolds, and Donald Scavarda-was to create a forum for the presentation of cutting-edge music. A major slice of ONCE's rich musical legacy-35 works constituting six hours of music-is presented here, almost all for the first time. These pieces are as diverse in style as they are compelling in expression. This landmark set, the most comprehensive document ever released of this legendary event, is an opportunity for anyone interested in contemporary music to hear history in the making.

Included in the set is a 140-page booklet with a lengthy scholarly essay by musicologist and biographer Leta Miller and numerous rare photos of ONCE personages and performances.

Disc 1: 1961 Robert Ashley Sonata (7:44) 2/25/61
Donald Scavarda Groups for Piano (1:03) 2/25/61
George Cacioppo String Trio (10:23) 3/4/61
Roger Reynolds Epigram and Evolution (8:50) 3/4/61
Gordon Mumma Sinfonia for 12 Instruments and Magnetic Tape (12:03) 3/4/61
Donald Scavarda In the Autumn Mountains (7:01) 3/4/61
Bruce Wise Two Pieces for Piano and Chamber Group (6:23) 3/4/61
Robert Ashley The Fourth of July (18:37) 2/25/61

Disc 2: 1962 [72:23]
Donald Scavarda Matrix for Clarinetist (9:07) 6/2/62
Roger Reynolds Wedge (7:56) 2/10/62
Gordon Mumma Meanwhile, A Twopiece (7:16) 2/10/62
Donald Scavarda Sounds for Eleven (10:55) 2/16/62
Gordon Mumma From Gestures II (13:14) 2/16/62
George Cacioppo Bestiary I: Eingang (7:16) 2/16/62
Robert Ashley Details (2b) (7:09) 12/16/62
Robert Sheff (aka Blue Gene Tyranny) Ballad (8:31) 12/16/62

Disc 3: 196263 [74:21]
Gordon Mumma Large Size Mograph (8:09) 12/16/62
Robert Ashley Fives (12:36) 2/9/63
Gordon Mumma A Quarter of Fourpiece (4:56) 2/9/63
George Cacioppo Two Worlds (6:02) 2/10/63
Roger Reynolds Mosaic (9:38) 2/10/63
George Cacioppo Pianopieces 1-3 (8:19) 2/16/63
Roger Reynolds A Portrait of Vanzetti (20:27) 2/16/63
Gordon Mumma Greys (3:19) 12/3/63
Stereo electronic music for the film/score Greys by Donald Scavarda

Disc 4: 19631964 [76:32]
Philip Krumm Music for Clocks (10:24) 2/17/63
Robert Sheff Diotima (18:58) 2/28/64
George Crevoshay 7PTPC (5:57) 2/29/64
Donald Scavarda Landscape Journey (9:31) 2/25/64
George Cacioppo Advance of the Fungi (15:54) 2/25/64
Robert Ashley in memoriam … Crazy Horse (symphony) (15:12) 2/25/64

Disc 5: 19641966 [76:52]
Bruce Wise Music for Three (29:30) 2/26/64
George Cacioppo Time on Time in Miracles (9:44) 2/12/65
David Behrman Track (10:11) 2/13/65
Pauline Oliveros Applebox Double (17:07) 3/28/66
Robert Ashley Quartet (9:51) 3/28/66