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Power Among Men – Fugues and Cantilenas
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Recordings
'Thomson: Louisiana Story – The film music of Virgil Thomson' (CDH55169)
Thomson: Louisiana Story – The film music of Virgil Thomson
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55169  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Part 1: Prelude with Fugal Exposition
Track 18 on CDH55169 [1'58] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 2: Fugue No 1
Track 19 on CDH55169 [1'35] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 3: Ruins and Jungles
Track 20 on CDH55169 [2'40] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 4: Fugue No 2
Track 21 on CDH55169 [3'30] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 5: Joyous Pastorale
Track 22 on CDH55169 [2'08] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 6: Finale
Track 23 on CDH55169 [4'18] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Power Among Men – Fugues and Cantilenas
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The suite from the 1958 Thorold Dickinson documentary Power Among Men is entitled ‘Fugues and Cantilenas’ and sits very happily in the immediate vicinity of the 1957 Lively Arts Fugue and the 1962 Joyful Fugue. Do the fugues in Power Among Men, for all their formality and consistency, look back in spirit to the ‘fuguing tunes’ of the late eighteenth-century New England hymnodists like William Billings? Since this was a salient part of Thomson’s heritage the answer is probably ‘yes’. And inasmuch as ‘cantilena’ is a term used for a passage of particularly sustained melodic or lyrical quality—vocal or instrumental—each of Thomson’s ‘fugues’ could legitimately be described as a ‘cantilena’. But all Thomson is really canto, song, singing: even ‘Ruins and Jungles’, ostensibly a mood piece, is really a chorale in disguise, and the ‘Joyous Pastorale’ is an instrumental dance-song.

from notes by Christopher Palmer © 1992

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Details for CDA66576 track 19
Fugue No 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-57619
Duration
1'35
Recording date
5 October 1991
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Christopher Palmer
Recording engineer
Mike Clements
Hyperion usage
  1. Thomson: Louisiana Story (CDA66576)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: February 1992
    Deletion date: April 2004
    Superseded by CDH55169
  2. Thomson: Louisiana Story – The film music of Virgil Thomson (CDH55169)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: July 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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