Recording Release Date 
October 2002
SACD Recording 
Recording Length 
Disc 1: 73:59
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Gil Rose, conductor

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Black Sounds, written for a ballet depicting the act of murder, is an unrelentingly intense work that packs a good deal of violence into its 17 minutes. George Rochberg thought of the piece as an “homage” to Varèse, and indeed with its stark, near-atonal language, repetitive phrases, and broad, colorful percussion array, it sounds a good deal like the French/American composer’s music, including its scoring for wind ensemble.

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