Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, Music By David Borden

John Schaefer

By John Schaefer

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

If you know the original Minimalists like Terry Riley, Philip Glass and Steve Reich, you should know David Borden, too. If you don't, well, that's nobody's fault but his. An important part of the avant classical scene in the late '60s/early '70s, Borden moved north to Ithaca, New York, where he has taught for decades. Not being based in New York City or San Francisco has hurt Borden's visibility, but he is still an original and often provocative composer. An early proponent of live electronics, Borden put together MMPMC to play works for three synthesizers, but soon began adding voices and winds. His propulsive, modular music drew attention from prog rock fans, and his love of medieval and Renaissance music, jazz and Bach ensured his street cred with the experimental classical set. This album features works from the '70s: two parts of his mammoth, 12-part magnum opus The Continuing Story of Counterpoint, and part three of another landmark work called C-A-G-E.