November Again, in December

My article “Reconstructing November,” detailing the process of coming up with a performance score for Dennis Johnson’s epic 1959 piano piece, has just appeared in the journal American Music. I prefer not to repost it on the blog; it contains hardly any more information than I’ve already posted herehereherehere, and here. It’s available through JSTOR, or will be soon, I guess, for those who have access to that through their schools. This issue of American Music, by the way, is chock full of experimentalism: aside from myself, Maria Cizmic has an article on Cowell’s under-explored piece The Banshee, Zachary Lyman interviews Johnny Reinhard about his controversial completion of the Ives Universe Symphony, David Nicholls’s witty article on the Ultramodernists’ influence on Cage (which I heard him deliver ten years ago) finally appears, and there’s even a review of my Cage book by Branden Joseph, author of a wonderful Tony Conrad book, and a review by Brett Boutwell of John Brackett’s John Zorn: Tradition and Transgression – which quotes me! Whew. 

But to the point: In the body of my own article, I promised to make available a recording of the public performance that Sarah Cahill and I gave in Kansas City on Sept. 6, 2009. It’s now up here, four hours and 29 minutes long. 
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  1. Nicola Mason says

    Thank you so much for posting this Kyall. I missed the final concert at the Conference last year because I had to catch my flight back to Lexington, KY. The conference was such an incredible experience for me, to converse, listen, and really experience Minimalist music. An opportunity of a lifetime…hopefully to be repeated next year in Leuven.
    KG replies: It was one of the high points of my life too.

  2. says

    Thanks Kyle-been waiting for this for awhile. I listen to your original performance quite a bit, as November is among my favorite works. Wish Dennis Johnson had composed more, given how incredible this piece is.

  3. Matt Smiley says

    Part 2 doesn’t work after about 10 minutes. I would love to hear the piece, but part 2 of the audio is broken. Just a heads up!
    KG replies: Fixed, I think, thanks. Let me know if not.