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Ben Johnston

March 15, 1926 -
born in Macon, GA, composed during the Modern period
Ben Johnston studied with Darius Milhaud, Harry Partch, Burrill Phillips, Robert Palmer, and John Cage. He was a professor of theory and composition at the University of Illinois. Some of his selected works are Somewhere I Have Never Traveled (1949) for tenor and piano; Knocking Piece Collage (1969) for tape; In Memory, Harry Partch, 1975 (1975) for soprano, computer tape, tape, string quartet, eight percussionists, and slide show; Suite for Microtonal Piano (1977); and Twelve Partials (1980) for flute and microtonal piano. ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Rovi
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Track List: Ben Johnston: Ponder Nothing

Title: Septet For Flute/piccolo, Oboe/English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Cello & Bass

1. Septet For Flute/piccolo, Oboe/English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Cello & Bass: I.

2. Septet For Flute/piccolo, Oboe/English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Cello & Bass: II.

3. Septet For Flute/piccolo, Oboe/English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Cello & Bass: III.

Title: Chinese Lyrics (3) For Soprano & 2 Violins

4. Chinese Lyrics (3) For Soprano & 2 Violins: The Jewel Stairs' Grievance

5. Chinese Lyrics (3) For Soprano & 2 Violins: Taking Leave Of A Friend

6. Chinese Lyrics (3) For Soprano & 2 Violins: Lament Of The Frontier Guard

Title: Gambit For Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Guitar & Percussion

7. Gambit For Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Guitar & Percussion: Prelude 1

8. Gambit For Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Guitar & Percussion: Interlude 1

9. Gambit For Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Guitar & Percussion: Postlude 1

10. Gambit For Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Guitar & Percussion: Prelude 2

11. Gambit For Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Guitar & Percussion: Interlude 2

12. Gambit For Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Guitar & Percussion: Postlude 2

Title: Fragments (5) For Baritone, Oboe, Bassoon & Cello

13. Fragments (5) For Baritone, Oboe, Bassoon & Cello: Interior

14. Fragments (5) For Baritone, Oboe, Bassoon & Cello: The Life In Us

15. Fragments (5) For Baritone, Oboe, Bassoon & Cello: Simplify

16. Fragments (5) For Baritone, Oboe, Bassoon & Cello: Time

17. Fragments (5) For Baritone, Oboe, Bassoon & Cello: More Day

Title: Trio For Clarinet, Violin & Cello

18. Trio For Clarinet, Violin & Cello: Trio

Title: Ponder Nothing For Clarinet

19. Ponder Nothing For Clarinet: Ponder Nothing

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Track List: Ben Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 1, 5 & 10

Title: String Quartet No. 5

1. String Quartet No. 5: String Quartet No. 5 (1979)

Title: String Quartet No. 10

2. String Quartet No. 10: Brisk, Intent

3. String Quartet No. 10: Solemn

4. String Quartet No. 10: Deliberate But As Fast As Possible

5. String Quartet No. 10: Sprightly, Not Too Fast

Title: String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations')

6. String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations'): Variation 1. Clear And Concentrated

7. String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations'): Variation 2. Sharp

8. String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations'): Variation 3. Still, Spacious

9. String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations'): Variation 4. Impetuous

10. String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations'): Variation 5. Fluid, Pulsating

11. String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations'): Variation 6. Assertive

12. String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations'): Variation 7. Rather Ominous

13. String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations'): Variation 8. Nervous, Driving

14. String Quartet No. 1 ('Nine Variations'): Variation 9. Minute, Atmospheric

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Track List: Ben Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 4, & 9

Title: String Quartet No. 9

1. String Quartet No. 9: Strong, Calm, Slow

2. String Quartet No. 9: Fast, Elated

3. String Quartet No. 9: Slow, Expressive

4. String Quartet No. 9: Vigorous And Defiant

Title: String Quartet No. 3

5. String Quartet No. 3: Crossings: Verging, String Quartet No. 3

Title: The Silence, for string quartet

6. The Silence, for string quartet: Crossings: The Silence

Title: String Quartet No. 4 ("Amazing Grace")

7. String Quartet No. 4 ("Amazing Grace"): String Quartet No.4 (Amazing Grace)

Title: String Quartet No. 2

8. String Quartet No. 2: Light And Quick: With Grace And Humor

9. String Quartet No. 2: Intimate, Spacious

10. String Quartet No. 2: Extremely Minute And Intense; Not Fast

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Track List: Ben Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 6, 7, & 8

Title: String Quartet No. 7

1. String Quartet No. 7: Scurrying, Forceful, Intense

2. String Quartet No. 7: Eerie

3. String Quartet No. 7: With Solemnity

Title: String Quartet No. 8

4. String Quartet No. 8: Vigorous, Aggressive

5. String Quartet No. 8: Lazy, Rocking

6. String Quartet No. 8: Fast, Skimming - Light

7. String Quartet No. 8: Extremely Light And Rhythmic

Title: String Quartet No. 6

8. String Quartet No. 6: String Quartet No. 6: Legato Espressivo

Title: Quietness, for voice & string quartet

9. Quietness, for voice & string quartet: Quietness

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