Composer Jason Wright Wingate Releases New Symphony Inspired by the Art of Paul Klee

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Wingate's Symphony No. 2: Kleetüden has been released on CD and is available for review and purchase now

The world premiere recording of an exciting new symphony by New York composer Jason Wright Wingate (http://jwingate.org), entitled Symphony No. 2: Kleetüden; Variationen für Orchester nach Paul Klee (Variations for Orchestra after Paul Klee) has been released on CD and MP3 from the composer's label Daimôn, and is available for review and purchase now.

Wingate's exciting new audio CD release of the symphony includes Kleetüden in its entirety, and is priced at just $13.98 through Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Wingate-Kleet%C3%BCden-Variationen-Orchester-Variations/dp/B00389HANU.

Wingate's Kleetüden Symphony is the culmination of his lifelong obsession with the art of the 20th century Swiss artist Paul Klee (1879-1940). The symphony features 27 movements, each inspired by one of the composer's favorite works by the artist. The symphony's subtitle, Kleetüden, is a pun on the German word Etüden ('études'), and refers to both the great virtuosity required from the orchestra, and the diverse experiments in formal procedure underlying the composition.

Stephen Ellis, a specialist in Klee-inspired music, and the author of a forthcoming book on the subject, has said of Wingate's Kleetüden Symphony: "The compositional impulses are of the highest order and reach out directly to the listener, who can easily sense... simpatico with Klee, as the sound flows as if being created on the spot." He also adds that out of the more than 700 musical works inspired by that artist, Wingate's symphony offers the most Klee works (27) ever acknowledged in one score.

The main musical theme for Kleetüden is based on Wingate's inspired use of the letters of Klee's name itself, with the letters' numeric positions in the alphabet generating an 8-note melody via post-tonal pitch-class theory. Each movement then bends and shapes this theme into a different tone painting in homage to a specific artwork by Klee. A more detailed list of referenced Klee works and concert notes for the symphony can be found on Wingate's website, at http://jwingate.org.

The new symphony is part of a long history of music inspired by Klee's work, and is in the same vein as Gunther Schuller's Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee (1959), and David Diamond's The World of Paul Klee (1958), but much larger in scope. Composer Mikael Karlsson has called Kleetüden: "a sweetly schizophrenic Pictures at an Exhibition for an unknown century".

Audio samples of selected movements from Kleetüden can be found on Wingate's website, via http://jwingate.org, as well as at Amazon's MP3 store http://www.amazon.com/Wingate-Kleet%C3%BCden-Variationen-Orchester-Variations/dp/B0038J0LLS.

About Jason Wright Wingate:

Born in 1971 on a Colorado ranch, Jason Wright Wingate (http://jwingate.org) is a self-trained composer, cellist, poet and incorrigible mystic. Working largely outside of the classical music mainstream, Wingate is at the beginning of a promising compositional career and is presently involved in several forthcoming large works, including a symphony in homage to the French experimental writer Hélène Cixous, and a grand oratorio setting of the biblical Song of Songs. He is also the creator of a critically-acclaimed transcription of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition for orchestra, organ and chorus. He lives and works in New York City.

For more information on Jason Wingate, please visit http://jwingate.org.

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