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Olivier's Way

by Jim Lynch

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Mode One I 05:11
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Mode Two I 02:57
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Mode Three I 05:18
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Mode Four I 05:06
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Mode Five I 03:43
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Mode Six I 05:03
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Mode Seven I 04:33
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Mode One II 03:25
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Mode Two II 03:06
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Mode Four II 03:31
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Mode Five II 02:52
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Mode Six II 03:24
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Compositions for chamber ensemble based on Oliver Messiaen's Modes of Limited Transpositions. The ensemble consists of String Trio, Clarinet, Bassoon, Flute, Oboe, with touches of Trumpet and French Horn.

Messiaen created seven modes (scales); each may be transposed a fixed number of times before returning to the original set of notes (hence the name "Limited Transpositions"). Additionally, each mode divides the notes into overlapping, equally sized groups of 2 to 6 notes, with each group having identical half tone/whole tone patterns.

This collection took more time than usual for me to complete, some 8 months. Mostly this was because I needed extra time to get the instruments to sound right together, particularly in passages with unusual harmonies. The actual composing came quite quickly. Also, I originally set out to create seven pieces, one for each mode, but having completed that, I decided to do seven more.

Kudos to my sister June McClean for the artwork.

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released October 15, 2022

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Jim Lynch New Mexico

American composer and producer of instrumental music in several genres, including ambient soundscapes, indie-tronic, orchestral, chamber and medieval. All works created using digital audio workstation software and numerous sound libraries. Influences include John Coltrane, Igor Stravinsky, Gustav Holst, Claude Debussy, Tangerine Dream, Robert Prince, Frank Zappa, Brian Eno.. ... more

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