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Improvement (Album) album cover

Robert AshleyImprovement

Label:
Nonesuch – 79289-2
Format:
2 x CD, Album
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Tracklist

Act I44:00
1-1The Argument (Prelude)1:29
1-2Sunset At The Turnoff (Scene 1)1:08
1-3The Airline Ticket Counter (Scene 2)1:40
1-4The Correspondences Text (Scene 3)2:42
1-5The Ride To Town (Scene 4)6:38
1-6The Airline Ticket Counter (Scene 5)1:44
1-7The Indifference Text (Scene 6)4:36
1-8Back Home (Scene 7)2:01
1-9Mr. George Payne (Scene 8)2:09
1-10The Contents Of Her Purse (Scene 9)10:14
1-11Supper With Mr. Payne's Mother (Scene 10)4:40
1-12Golf Left-Handed (Scene 11)3:27
1-13A Moment (Very Late)... (Scene 12)1:32
Act II44:05
2-1The Big City (Scene 13)0:53
2-2Tarzan (Scene 13)
Recorded By, ProducerSam Ashley
3:03
2-3The Big City (Continued) (Scene 13)0:40
2-4The Doctor (Scene 14)3:53
2-5The Offering Of Images (Scene 14)4:20
2-6The Good Life (Scene 15)5:10
2-7Trouble (Scene 16)0:27
2-8The Good Life (Continued) (Scene 16)0:13
2-9Trouble (Continued) (Scene 16)2:40
2-10The Good Life (Continued) (Scene 16)0:40
2-11A Place In The Country (Scene 17)2:46
2-12Happiness, Prosperity And Forgetfulness (Scene 18)9:06
2-13The Bridge Game (Scene 19)5:03
2-14North (Berlin / A Tango) (Scene 20)2:03
2-15East (River Rouge) (Scene 21)0:30
2-16South (Campo Dei Fiori, Rome) (Scene 22)1:20
2-17West (Atlantis) (Scene 23)1:18
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Improvement is subtitled Don Leaves Linda.

Voices were recorded at the Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College, Oakland, California. (No dates mentioned.)

Final mixing was done at 10 Beach Street, New York, NY. (No dates mentioned.)

The singers from the Sanuma and Ye-kuana (verses 1 and 5) were recorded near their homes on the Rio Paragua in Venezuela. The singers from the Dominican Republic (verse 2) were recorded in Port Au Prince, Haiti. The Sanuma, "Alehandro" (his Spanish name), is a master singer of his village. The Ye-kuana singer Matias Fortunato helped in directing the Sanuma and Ye-kuana singers.

the quartet of operas, "Now Eleanor's Idea", which includes "Improvement (Don Leaves Linda)" and "eL/Aficionado", was written and developed with the assistance of grants from The Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts' Opera Musical Theater Program. Preliminary rehearsals were made possible by a workshop grant from the National Institute for Music Theater.

This is an Elektra/Nonesuch release.

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