Originally issued in 1970, this stunning creation of its era has, until now, remained among the rarest artifacts works of musical minimalism - echoing idiom’s roots in Fluxus and the raw temperaments of artists like Tony Conrad and Henry Flynt, threaded with touchstones in the work of Eliane Radigue, Giacinto Scelsi, and Jani Christou.
Joining their broad efforts in building networks of context and understanding, spanning historical and contemporary territories of adventurous sound, Blume Editions is thrilled to announce the long awaited return of Winfried Mühlum-Pyrápheros’ Musica Nova Contemplativa. Originally issued in 1970, this stunning creation of its era has, until now, remained among the rarest artifacts in the field of cross-disciplinary efforts known as the Artist Record - sonic adventures embarked on by artists primarily dedicated to the visual realm. Creatively challenging, ahead of its time, and unquestionably beautiful, its rare musicality sets the stage for alternate understandings of what minimalism was, and were it came from, during its early years.
Droning and tense, subtle melodic elements underpin sheets of tone and atonality, sculpting an incongruous sense of spacial ambience, the conception of Musica Nova Contemplativa, drew on a unique, unfixed compositional system, created by combining traditional musical notation with mobile and variable elements, expressed graphically as a system of coordinates which leave variation, interpretation, and improvisation up to the performer. Captured as eleven distinct movements, the work, with hindsight, can now be understood as lost, freestanding piece of musical minimalism - echoing idiom’s roots in Fluxus and the raw temperaments of artists like Tony Conrad and Henry Flynt, threaded with touchstones in the work of Eliane Radigue, Giacinto Scelsi, and Jani Christou.
Born in Germany during 1941 and educated in philosophy and psychology, over the last half century the bulk of Winfried Mühlum-Pyrápheros’ artistic output has been largely oriented around painting, sculpture, and installation, each focused on the experiences of phenomena, environment, and light. Musica Nova Contemplativa, beginning as a graphic score, composed in 1964, then interpreted and recorded by Mühlum-Pyrápheros on violin and Johann Georg Ickler on organ, three years later in a Franciscan church in Bensheim, is a logical extension of the artists broader concerns - seeking further territories of inclusive and expansive environments of experience. Intended as acoustic extensions of his paintings, the collective contents of the album are a metaphysical and esoteric rising in sound.
Out of print for almost 50 years, this edition represents its first ever reissue in any form, complete with an interview conducted between Winfried Mühlum-Pyrápheros and Stefan Bremer for this occasion, and newly commissioned liner notes by Bradford Bailey.
released July 12, 2019
"Musica Nova Contemplativa"
A composition for organ, violin and percussion (1967-1968) by Winfried Mühlum-Pyrápheros.
Winfried Mühlum-Pyrápheros: Violin
Johann Georg Ickler: Organ
Recorded in the Franciscan church in Bensheim, Germany
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“With Julius, he was based in repetition, but here was a spirit of openness and improvisation. His scores, if they were written out that way, were often like jazz scores. He loved multiplying instruments – four pianos, ten cellos – so there was a real feeling of the presence of the instrument, not just using an instrument in some kind of equation, as a means to an end.” ~ Mary Jane Leach
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