Incredible list, Marc! I think I've heard of most of them, but I can only claim to be really familiar with a small handful of them. I hope to give them all their due as a listener when I have the time.
Young's music is notoriously hard to find and listen to. I've only heard a couple short samples of that piece that I found available on some obscure site and, well, they were all just cello drones. Any special performance technique was lost on me, though I admit Young's music is not exactly my cup of tea and, thus, I haven't paid the closest attention to the sounds. I respect his vision and style, but the music doesn't hypnotize me in the way Riley's or Glass's manages. I do find much of The Well-Tuned Piano quite fascinating though.I'm liking the Young entry. Have you ever heard Just Charles & Cello in the Romantic Chord? The sole recording by the dedicatee is extremely elusive (and expensive!)-according to the CD's liner notes: "The new work was composed specifically for Charles Curtis, who has studied the performance technique with Young in the guru-disciple method of oral transmission over a period of years. The work is not intended to be played by other cellists unless they study it with Young in the same way...."
If you ask me, that's bordering on pretentious.
Thanks for the bump, Portamento.Aho, Kancheli, Silvestrov are three of the best-known names not included in this project thus far. I hope you still plan to continue.
Thanks, chu. Ives unfortunately falls outside the scope of this project as he composed during the early part of the last century. I'm looking for more recent composers. The cutoff for this project to determine if a composer qualifies is seeing if they have a sizable body of work since the 1970s. If you know of any important ones missing, please do let me know!Nice list. I will wait patiently for the addition of Ives.