Bowen, The Guardian, excerpt
Macnaghten concert series opened with a programme by Lontano that
included works by Steve Martland and Gary Carpenter - two distinctive
and vibrant musical personalities amongst today's younger generation
piece could be conveniently categorised according to recent trends
or fashions. Each tended to interweave a variety of stylistic traits
and structural features.
Carpenter's Die Flimmerkiste harked back to Webern in its
formal layout and even to Schumann in its elements of portraiture,
amounting almost to a latter-day Carnival. Conceived as a divertissement
in three volumes, each divided into an abundance of tiny movements,
it incorporated musical pictures of friends, a fairground scene
with fireworks, all of which underwent a kind of filmic metamorphosis.
in Martland's work, the effect of the musical interplay was more
that of a montage than a clear-cut design - at least until volume
three where a more direct and straightforward type of expression
began to emerge.
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