Randall Woolf | Where The Wild Things Are

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Where The Wild Things Are

by Randall Woolf

Modern Classical/Avant Rock/Crime jazz
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Overture: March of the WILD THINGS
1:30 $0.99
2. Max Misbehaves.
9:05 $0.99
3. Max creates a Jungle.
5:17 $0.99
4. He sets out in his boat.
4:27 $0.99
5. He lands on a mysterious island.
6:52 $0.99
6. Max declares a Wild Rumpus.
5:49 $0.99
7. Max get homesick.
2:40 $0.99
8. And his dinner was still hot.
4:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is a new ballet of the classic children’s book “Where The Wild Things Are”. The ballet was created by the author, Maurice Sendak, composer Randall Woolf, and choreographer Septime Webre. The CD booklet contains photos from the ballet, including enormous Wild Thing dancers in full costume, and Sendak’s illustrations.

The music is a fusion of modern classical, rock, jazz, cartoon camp, electronic soundscapes, and more. It is intended for listeners of all ages.

There are a very limited number of these discs left This is the last run of this edition.

The performers are: Patti Monson, flutes, Michael Lowenstern, clarinets, Wayne Du Maine, trumpet, Julie Josephson, trombone, Danny Tunick, percussion, Kathleen Supové, keyboards, Ann Klein, elec. guitar, Todd Reynolds, elec. violin, Elizabeth Knowles, violin, Mat Fieldes, bass.

Produced by Sheldon Steiger.

Randall Woolf was born in Detroit. He discovered classical music for himself in college, having spent high school in the usual garage-rock bands. He studied composition privately from 1982 to 1987, taking 3 years of counterpoint and harmony lessons in the Schoenberg tradition with noted microtonalist and jazz visionary Joseph Maneri. he studied orchestration and composition privately with David Del Tredici. In a moment of weakness, he entered the Ph. D. program at Harvard in 1987, and escaped as quickly as possible, in 1990. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife, pianist and ranteuse Kathleen Supové.

His music ranges from the purely traditional classical media such as string quartet and orchestra to the entirely electronic and theatrical, though he is happiest between these extremes. He is frequently performed throughout the United States by groups such as the Seattle Symphony, present Music, Third Angle, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Bang On A Can/SPIT Orchestra, California EAR Unit, American Composers Orchestra, Fulcrum Point, Ransom Wilson, New Millennium Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Ethel, American Baroque, Dogs of Desire chamber orchestra, Meridian Arts Ensemble, and the Society for New Music, among others. He arranges music for John Cale, including his score for the film "American Psycho." He is now working with film directors Mary Harron and John C. Walsh on a piece about Tibetan Refugees.



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Jason Verlinde, All Music Guide

for all the genre-fusing going on here, there are also gorgeous passages;
Maurice Sendak's influential children's book Where the Wild Things Are is given its second classical music treatment on this disc (an opera by Oliver Knussen is also available). Composer Randall Woolf's score for the American Repertory Ballet is filled with oddball touches and hints of jazz and funk. Voices heard through synthesizers add to the sonic strangeness, typically ending a track with the distorted sounds of a scolding parent. But for all the genre-fusing going on here, there are also gorgeous passages; the minimalism found in the electric-violin passage during "Max gets homesick and departs" is convincing, as is the nervous energy on track two ("Max misbehaves"). Images from the children's book and the ballet production grace the liner notes. This may be a far cry from Swan Lake, but fans of Sendak or modern ballet should check out this fun music. --Jason Verlinde

Francois Couture

perfect meeting between classical, rock and avant-garde music, this album is ful
This is the music composed by Randall Woolf for a production by the American Repertory Ballet based on Maurice Sendak's classic children's book {-Where the Wild Things Are}. So technically speaking, this is theater music for a children's play. But it's so much more. Randall Woolf, one of the most promising young composers of the late '90s, wrote music that stands on its own and owes very little to the language of standard children music. The heavy guitar (electric), complex forms, sometimes very atonal modes and inventive arrangements turn Where the Wild Things Are into a delightful contemporary composition. The child universe is present through a highly imaginative world of sounds, the occasional use of danceable beats, simple melodies and heavily-treated voices appearing here and there. Although very serious writing can be seen throughout this suite, there is a refreshing lighthearted quality to it that will keep the children's attention while entertaining adults. Thanks to a perfect meeting between classical, rock and avant-garde music, this album is full of surprises. ~ Francois Couture

Roland Kreuscher

Never "heard a children's book" like this!?!
A very creative and(!!) organic transformation of a story I didn't know. But this music makes my mind producing own stories easily; and probably different ones with every listening. This CD's music is great! Coulorful, dynamic/, dramatic, entertaining, surprising and played very skillful. The sound quality is also very good. NO ROOKIES at work. This music could be referred to "Di Terra" from Italian Prog-Legend BANCO and to some parts/approaches of Zappa's "200 Motels" or "Greggary Peccary" or to those radio-drama-like parts of Mr. Bungle's 1st; but also a little bit to Kronos Quartet. If you like the samples: GET IT here!!