The expression of intractable discord within an essentially harmonic structure
is itself a theophanic proclamation, that is, of the fortunate unattainability of a certain kind of spiritual realization: that which would stake everything on a harmonious state of being while ignoring the dissonances which figure the actual diversity - and thus the varied possibilities - of the human spirit.
All of those abilities are put to use here as he builds a rhythmic and harmonic structure
in which Sandke can roam at will; his walking basslines on "I Want to Be Happy" are a thing of sturdy and assertive elegance, while his accompaniment on the Jelly Roll Morton tune "Wild Man Blues" offers a tastefully restrained counterpoint to Sandke's growling, emotional solos.
Providing the polish was conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, his fluent, communicative beat sculpting harmonic structure
and melodic eloquence with the utmost respect for his youthful charges.
With repeated listenings, however, several of these tracks yield tremendous pleasures: "Real Time," with its unusual but tasteful use of electronic delay and its modal harmonic structure
, sounds like a felicitous cross between Bill Frisell and Bill Laswell; "Hammer Damage," with its tritone licks, its cockeyed rhythms, and its eventual slide into improvisatory bedlam, sounds more and more logical the more you listen to it.
It was two-and-a-fraction years of teaching, with lessons long enough to provide a harmonic structure
, an educated ear and enough performance experience to make the student's practice time pay off, and a Teacher Z who motivated this student with belief and determination.
The effect was one of spacious grace which gave way purposefully to the crisp opening of the second movement, blossoming in dynamic range with clear emphasis on the harmonic structure
But does it extend to the broader aspects of harmonic structure
, as Chafe contends?
Trotter's clear registrations allowing the melodic and harmonic structure
to flow with good line and well managed dynamics.
In particular, one could investigate the relationship between the irregular rhythms and line length of some of Mayrhofer's proto-expressionistic poems and Schubert's phrase structures, considering not only the length of the melodic phrases but also the harmonic structure
of each phrase, and the manner in which the piano joins them together.
His cohesive performance firmly outlined the harmonic structure
and the work provided a superb metier for Williams' talents.