Elodie Lauten

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Elodie Lauten (born October 20, 1950 - died June 3, 2014) is a composer described as postminimalist or a microtonalist. She is a former student of her father Errol Parker and of LaMonte Young, Dinu Ghezzo, and Akhmal Parwez. A writer of operas, theater pieces, orchestral, chamber and instrumental music, she is recognized in North America and Europe as a pioneer of postminimalism and a force on the new music scene with over 20 releases on a number of labels including Lovely Music, Point/Polygram, 4-Tay, O.O. Discs, and New Tone (Italy). Her music has a strong mystical streak, reflected in correspondences between astrological signs, hexagrams of the I Ching, animals, and the modes of her system of improvisation, called Universal Mode Improvisation (UMI).

Lauten's music has always been a combination of two contradictory streams, one of them a cloudy, beatless stasis derived from minimalism, the other a neoclassical attachment to tonal melody and ostinato. These two were present from the beginning of her recording career, the first in her Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Memory (1984), the second in her Sonata Ordinaire (1986) for piano. Her 1987 opera The Death of Don Juan—feminist tract and Zen meditation combined—was one of the major postminimalist works of the 1980s; it has recently been revived in a 2-week run (April 2005) at Franklin Pierce College, NH, directed by Robert Lawson. Her neoclassical tendency blossomed into a full neo-baroque idiom in her Deus ex Machina Cycle for voices and Baroque ensemble (1999). Variations On The Orange Cycle (1991, recorded by Lois Svard for Lovely Music in 1998) is one of the cloudier works, an improvisation in a Terry Riley-ish vein that was recorded and transcribed (as few of her piano works have been) for performance by others. The work has been included in Chamber Music America's list of 100 best works of the 20th century.
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Elodie Lauten Discography Tracks

Albums

CKG 777 Elodie Lauten - Concerto For Piano And Orchestral Memory album art Elodie Lauten Concerto For Piano And Orchestral Memory(LP, Ltd) Cat Collectors CKG 777 US 1984 Sell This Version
Elodie Lauten - The Death Of Don Juan album art Elodie Lauten The Death Of Don Juan (Album) Cat Collectors US 1985 Sell This Version
CU 702 Elodie Lauten - Music For The Trine album art Elodie Lauten Music For The Trine(Cass, Album) Cat Collectors CU 702 US 1985 Sell This Version
Elodie Lauten - Tronik Involutions album art Elodie Lauten Tronik Involutions (Album) Studio 21 US 1994 Sell This Version
Fy 7004 Elodie Lauten - Inscapes From Exile album art Elodie Lauten Inscapes From Exile(CD) Felmay Fy 7004 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
CD 4013 Elodie Lauten - The Deus Ex Machina Cycle album art Elodie Lauten The Deus Ex Machina Cycle(2xCD, Album) 4 Tay Inc CD 4013 US 1999 Sell This Version
CD 4023 Elodie Lauten - Waking In New York - Portrait Of Allen Ginsberg album art Elodie Lauten Waking In New York - Portrait Of Allen Ginsberg(CD, Album) 4 Tay Inc CD 4023 US 2003 Sell This Version
CT 787 Elodie Lauten - Blue Rhythms album art Elodie Lauten Blue Rhythms(CD, Album) Cat Collectors CT 787 US Unknown Sell This Version
CU 103 Elodie Lauten - La Galleria Concert album art Elodie Lauten La Galleria Concert(Cass, C60) Cat Collectors CU 103 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CT-1000 Elodie Lauten - No Man's Land / Sunrise album art Elodie Lauten No Man's Land / Sunrise(7") Cat Collectors CT-1000 US 1980 Sell This Version
EL2013 Elodie Lauten - Orchestre Modern album art Elodie Lauten Orchestre Modern(12") Rockin' Horse Records (2) EL2013 US 1981 Sell This Version
Elodie Lauten - Piano Works album art Elodie Lauten Piano Works (EP) Cat Collectors US 1983 Sell This Version
WC005 Elodie Lauten - Transform album art Elodie Lauten Transform(12", EP) Wilde Calm Records WC005 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
WC 006 Elodie Lauten - Miracle 2 album art Elodie Lauten Featuring Nirosta Steel Elodie Lauten Featuring Nirosta Steel - Miracle 2(12", EP, Ltd, Num, Whi) Wilde Calm Records WC 006 Germany 2015 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Elodie Lauten - Year 2000 50th Year Retrospective album art Elodie Lauten Year 2000 50th Year Retrospective(CD, Comp, Ltd) Studio 21 none US 2000 Sell This Version
UW05 Elodie Lauten - Piano Works Revisited album art Elodie Lauten Piano Works Revisited(2xCD, Comp, RM) Unseen Worlds UW05 US 2010 Sell This Version