2006 Marathon Review — New York Times

by Jon Pareles
June 6, 2006

Concert Review, Published in the June 6, 2006 issue of the New York Times

“There were plenty of tubas but no oompah in Anthony Braxton’s “Composition No. 19 for 100 Tubas,” the biggest spectacle at this year’s Bang on a Can Marathon of new music on Sunday at the World Financial Center. Carrying a drum major’s baton, Mr. Braxton mustered his “100Tubatet” — playing tubas, sousaphones, Wagner tubas and double-belled euphoniums — on the center’s plaza. It played glacially slow, sustained melodies, creating a low growl that was uncannily similar to the tone of airplanes and helicopters flying overhead. So close to ground zero, the sound was unmistakably ominous.”


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