Composition No. 173

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Composition No. 173
Composition No. 173.jpg
Studio album by
Released1996
RecordedDecember 19, 20 & 21, 1994
GenreJazz
Length58:55
LabelBlack Saint
120166-2
ProducerFlavio Bonandrini
Anthony Braxton chronology
Small Ensemble Music (Wesleyan) 1994
(1994)
Composition No. 173
(1996)
Seven Standards 1995
(1995)

Composition No. 173 (subtitled For 4 Actors, 14 Instrumentalists Constructed Environment and Video Projections) is an album by American saxophonist and composer Anthony Braxton with orchestra and actors recorded in 1994 for the Italian Black Saint label.[1][2][3]

Reception[edit]

The AllMusic review by "Blue" Gene Tyranny stated "This musically and textually complex composition examines movement-strategies that occur in normal life in various spaces ... The music is exciting and contrapuntally dense, and at other times mysteriously sustained. Maps of geography (sounds moving about the real and imaginary and video "virtual" lands) and musical graph strategies are treated as analogs. A thoughtful and innovative "multimedia" work".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Anthony Braxton.

  1. "Composition No. 173":
    1. "Opening Music – Introduction" – 15:39
    2. Scene One – Interlude Duo"" – 16:16
    3. "Scene Two (A) – Interlude Ensemble" – 14:22
    4. "Scene Two (B)" – 5:12
    5. "Closing Music" – 7:26

Personnel[edit]

Actors

  • Steve Ben Israel – "Arnold"
  • Laura Arbuckle – "Jeremy"
  • Isha Beck – "Miss Tisingham"
  • Baba Ben Israel – "Molly"

Musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony Braxton discography accessed June 13, 2017
  2. ^ Enciclopedia del Jazz: Anthony Braxton accessed June 13, 2017
  3. ^ Jazzlists: Black Saint Records main series discography, accessed June 13, 2017
  4. ^ a b Tyranny, "Blue" Gene. Composition No. 173 – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 13, 2017.