After John Lewis, the most original of third-stream composers was perhaps
another white intellectual, Bob Graettinger (1923), whose
four-movement suite City Of Glass (april 1948) and
six-movement suite This Modern World (may 1953),
both eventually recorded by Stan Kenton, were as subtle and imposing as
anything done by the classical avantgarde, especially in the way they balanced
atonality and organization, both pushed to manic extremes.
Unique to Graettinger were not only the rigor but also a stylistic range
that turned his pieces into labyrinthine postmodernist journeys.
Graettinger died in 1957.
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