The Beauty of Innuendos

NV6488_The-Beauty-of-InnuendosI think a lot of my motivation for listening to The Beauty of Innuendos was a desire to learn what on Earth the composer, Frank Felice, meant by “consonant adiatonicism”.  I’m still not sure I really know.  In any event there’s some enjoyable music on the record though I did find it a bit of a mixed bag.

There are four “song cycles” on the record.  The first is Four Songs of Jennifer Haines which sets four texts about the poet’s break up with her (female) lover in the wastes of Montana, thus creating a new genre of High Plains lesbian break up song.  I wasn’t much enamoured of this piece.  It’s workmanlike but neither the texts nor the melodic, largely tonal setting really did it for me.

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