Once Upon a Time On Vinyl

Having been an admirer of the work of the artist who did the cover design for this album, I chose to purchase the vinyl edition when it came out in August.
Although the liner notes on the back of the album listed the composer as (the obviously pseudonymous) Anne Nonimous, word was already out among music afficionados that these were the latest orchestral creations written by Rednaxela A. Krih.
If you’re a regular reader of my column you’re probably aware that Ms. Krih is a celebrated Ukrainian composer of short experimental musical works.

Within two weeks of release the album was in the top ten on Billboard’s Classical Albums Chart.

While shorter than any ever written — averaging three minutes — it is not a misnomer to call these symphonies. They are indeed ”elaborate compositions for full orchestra, in multiple movements”—and I‘ll go out on a limb and add that many are masterpeieces of the genre.

The liner notes go into great detail of each composition’s theme and the composer’s intent.
Distilled, I would say that all thirty-one of the pieces are driven by the leitmotif of Time — each in some way incorporating the ticking of a clock. The titles theselves ellicit many diverse aspects of how our lives are touched by Time. From the personal and mundane “Waiting Room” and the “Tyranny of The Time Clock” to the more spacial and cosmic “Distance As Measure Of Time” and “Anatomy Of Time”.

Ms. Krih is quoted “These pieces are minatures and giants at the same time.
In over four decades of creation and innovation, my curiosity and need to fit disparate elements into a cohesive, magical whole continue to reveal to me windows and doors where others only see bare walls. To me life is a collage.”

At the start of September a bold new unexpected element of this project emerged.
The first of the symphonies was re-released to the public—in two versions, both including a vocal track, both with different words.
Every day thereafter there were two more re-issues of the following numbered symphony with two different variations of evocative words molded around the cadances of the original music.
The beautiful vocal track on all these releases has been credited to the Harlem Choir of Anomalous Voices.

Ms. Krih, in another masterstroke of her creativite spirit, explains that the lyrics for these pieces are “in fact a collaboration”.

“I wanted to tell a story that would go with each symphony,” she writes.
“I began working with an innovative new writing software called RemingtonWrite. We took turns writing lyrics to each symphony and then added what we had to supplement each symphony. I, or rather I should say we, are calling it ‘Our Hours’.”

I highly recommend exploring the original 31 symphonies here.

The updated versions — the so called “Our Hours” vocal versions will continue to be re-issued through the end of September. In the end there will be an additional 62 word symphonies.

There are links at the bottom of this page at Anomalous Duo Records which will take you to where the lyrics of both lyricists are printed.

© AleXander Hirka 2020. All Rights Reserved.

Read RemingtonWrite’s version here:

In August 2020, I set myself the challenge of creating a daily digital collage based on an image and a concept. The image was that of the antique Omega watch that belonged to my Mom and the concept was Time.
In September 2020, the Anomalous Duo is challenging themselves to write a short piece of fiction for each collage — the Our Hours project.

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe. https://alexanderhirka.nyc

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