In my past forays into contemporary American music, I never came across the composer William Duckworth, more’s the pity. He died this week, aged 69, and his friend Kyle Gann posted a beautiful reminiscence on ArtsJournal.
Even more beautiful is Duckworth’s strange masterpiece titled Time Curve Preludes. It dates from the 1970s but is both behind and ahead of its times. It points the way out of pointless minimalism by harking back to the anarchic ideas of John Cage and the infinite possibilities of sound.
Someone should programme the piece this month in Duckworth memory.