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Sonic declarations of independence

A showcase of composers who have staked out creative territory that's completely their own

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Maverick artists _ those who stake out creative territory completely their own and cultivate it in uniquely personal ways _ have been prominent in American culture and have given the country much of its greatest art. Fiction, painting and film all offer remarkable examples of maverick art, but it is probably in music that the tradition is at its peak. 

AMERICAN MAVERICKS COWELL: Synchrony, Piano Concerto CHARRISON: Concerto For Organ With Percussion Orchestra VARESE: Ameriques Jeremy Denk (piano, in the Cowell concerto), Paul Jacobs (organ, in the Harrison concerto), San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. SFS Media download or multichannel CD

The conductor Michael Tilson Thomas loves this repertoire, and has been enriching his concert programmes with works by American mavericks like Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Carl Ruggles for decades.

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