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MOOSE'S COMPLETE 20TH CENTURY CLASSICAL LIST
 
A PARTIAL LISTING OF MOOSE'S CLASSICAL (AVANT-GARDE?) CD'S.
Submitted for consideration of the question: What is alternative music?

Entries in bold are recommended starting points for purchases (relatively speaking, not too extreme)

Composer --- Title --- Label --- Time (min.sec)

Branca, Glenn --- Symphony No. 3 (Gloria) --- Atavistic 8 --- 45.32
Branca, Glenn --- Symphony No. 6 (Devils Choirs At The Gates Of Heaven) --- Atavistic 10 --- 47.15
    (Kinda like Philip Glass performed by electric guitar ensemble)
    (Branca is in the roots of the group Sonic Youth, also see SY entry #11 on rock etc. page)
Bryant, Allan --- Space Guitars --- CRI 699 --- 71.18 (Solo avant-garde electric guitar)
Bryars, Gavin --- Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet --- Point --- 74.43 (A way too long piece of minimalism)
Cage, John --- In A Landscape --- Catalyst --- 59.22 (Pretty accessible)
Cage, John --- Music for Five - The Complete Recordings of the Time-Length Pieces --- Hat Art --- 126.29 (For fanatics only)
Cage, John --- Music For Two Pianos --- CRI 732 --- 61.32
Cage, John --- Singing Through --- New Albion --- 55.45
Cage, John --- Sixty-Eight / Quartets I-VIII --- Hat Art --- 67.55
Cage, John --- Sonatas & Interludes For Prepared Piano --- CRI 700 --- 66.53 (Essential if you're into the avant-garde)
Cage, John --- Thirteen --- CPO --- 62.00 (Pretty accessible)
Cage, John / M. Monk (Various) --- Pianos and Voices --- Koch International --- 64.38
Cummings, Conrad --- Photo-Op --- CRI 627 --- 56.14
Dunaway, Judy --- Balloon Music --- CRI 778 --- 52.18
Gressel, Joel --- Points Of Time - Computer Music of Joel Gressel -- CRI 797 --- 69.38
Jenkins, Leroy --- Themes & Improvisations On The Blues --- CRI 663 --- 60.40 (Leroy plays violin on part)
Jordanova, Victoria --- Dance To Sleep (Harp etc.) --- CRI 755 --- 50.25
Kline, Phil --- Glow In The Dark --- CRI 801 --- 63.26
Lang, David --- Are You Experienced? --- CRI 625 --- 60.00 (not a Jimi Hendrix cover)
Martino, Donald --- Solo And Chamber Works --- CRI 693 --- 65.36
Messiaen, Olivier --- Concert A Quatre et all --- Deutsche Grammophon --- 64.51
Messiaen, Olivier --- Illuminations of the Beyond (Eclairs Sur L'au-Dela) --- Deutsche Grammophon --- 65.31
Messiaen, Olivier --- Quartet for the End of Time --- Philips --- 51.58
Messiaen, Olivier --- Turangalila-Symphony --- Deutsche Grammophon --- 78.32
Messiaen, Olivier --- Visions De L'amen / Les Offrandes Oubliees / Hymne Au Saint-Sacrement --- Erato --- 73.51
Monk, Meredith w/ Robert Een --- Facing North --- ECM New Series --- 55.31
Nancarrow, Conlon --- Studies (Ensemble) --- RCA Victor --- 73.00
Nancarrow, Conlon --- Studies for Player Piano Vol. I & II --- Wergo --- 109.32
Nancarrow, Conlon --- Studies for Player Piano Vol. III & IV --- Wergo --- 115.16
Nancarrow, Conlon --- Studies for Player Piano Vol. V --- Wergo --- 51.05
    (beware, these studies are pretty heavy (and expensive))
Nikolais, Alwin --- Electronic Dance Music --- CRI 651 --- 71.42
Partch, Harry --- Bewitched, The --- CRI --- 74.43 (out of print - Vol. 4 below is in print version)
Partch, Harry --- Harry Partch Collection, Vol. 1 --- CRI 751 --- 75.48
Partch, Harry --- Harry Partch Collection, Vol. 2 --- CRI 752 --- 76.49
Partch, Harry --- Harry Partch Collection, Vol. 3 --- CRI 753 --- 69.18
Partch, Harry --- Harry Partch Collection, Vol. 4 (The Bewitched) --- CRI 754 --- 74.43 (My opinion, his masterpiece)
Partch, Harry --- Music of Harry Partch, The --- CRI --- 76.20 (good sampler, prob. out of print)
Partch, Harry --- Revelation in the Courthouse Park --- Tomato --- 84.45 (For completists, get the CRI's first)
Piazzolla, Astor --- Concerto For Bandoneon et all --- Harmonia Mundi --- 67.26
Reich, Steve --- Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint --- Nonesuch --- 41.31
Reich, Steve --- Early Works --- Nonesuch --- 56.26 (Early efforts exploring phase relationships)
Reich, Steve --- Four Sections, The / Music for Mallet... --- Nonesuch --- 42.47
Reich, Steve --- Music for 18 Musicians --- ECM --- 56.31
Rudhyar, Dane --- Advent / Crisis & Overcoming / Transmutation --- CRI 604 --- 67.42 (early recording of Kronos Quartet)
Shields, Alice --- Apocalypse - An Electronic Opera --- CRI 647 --- 67.58
Sims, Ezra --- Microtonal Music of Ezra Sims, The --- CRI 643 --- 72.11
Ussachevsky, Vladimir --- Music of ... (Electronic etc.) --- CRI 813 --- 64.06
Varese, Edgard --- Ionisation / Ameriques / Density 21.5 / Offrandes / Arcana / Octaandre / Integrales --- Sony --- 77.00
    (One of Frank Zappa's influences, particularly "Ionisation")
Varese, Edgard --- Offrandes / Integrales / Octandre / Ecuatorial --- Nonesuch --- 36.39 (Note: most pieces included in above)
Vees, Jack --- Surf Music Again (Electronic etc.) --- CRI 730 --- 65.02
Ziporyn, Evan --- Animal Act --- CRI 645 --- 74.25
Various --- Bang On A Can Live Vol. 1 --- CRI 628 --- 78.00 (Various artists and styles, quality (maybe?) a little erratic)
Various --- Bang On A Can Live Vol. 2 --- CRI 646 --- 74.53 (Various artists and styles, quality (maybe?) a little erratic)
Various --- Bang On A Can Live Vol. 3 --- CRI 672 --- 70.23 (Various artists and styles, quality (maybe?) a little erratic)
Various - Accordion --- Klucevsek, Guy: Manhattan Cascade --- CRI 626 --- 70.52
    (Avant-garde polka music etc., for fanatics only)
Various - Cello (Electric) --- Krieger, Jeffrey: Night Chains (Electronic Cello) --- CRI 680 --- 68.22
Various - Electric Guitar --- New York Guitars --- CRI 698 --- 61.52
    (Good sampling of various avant-garde electric guitar)
Various - Electronic --- Pioneers Of Electronic Music --- CRI 611 --- 75.11
    (Earliest U.S. electronics efforts (some from 1950's), very primitive from modern standards)
Various - Piano --- Cowell, Henry / Antheil, George / Ornstein, Leo --- Bad Boys!, The --- Hat Art --- 77.00
Various - Piano --- Double Edge (piano duo): U.S. Choice --- CRI 637 --- 69.55
Various - Quartet, Kronos --- Black Angels --- Nonesuch --- 61.41
Various - Quartet, Kronos --- Music by Sculthorpe/Sallenen/Glass/Nancarrow/Hendrix --- Nonesuch --- 49.05
Various - Quartet, Kronos --- Night Prayers --- Nonesuch --- 78.52
Various - Quartet, Kronos --- Pieces of Africa --- Nonesuch --- 67.08
Various - Quartet, Kronos --- Short Stories --- Nonesuch --- 74.12
Various - Quartet, Kronos --- White Man Sleeps --- Nonesuch --- 66.08
Various - Quartet, Kronos --- Winter Was Hard --- Nonesuch --- 69.22
Various - Quartet, Soldier --- Sojourner Truth --- Newport Classic --- 45.29