Anne LeBaron

(b. 1953)

mode 30

Rana, Ritual & Lamentation


mode 30 Anne LeBARON: Chamber works performed by New Music Consort and the Chamber Music Players of the Kennedy Center.

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Rana, Ritual & Lamentation
Title from insert. New Music Consort ; Theater Chamber Players of Kennedy Center ; Anne LeBaron, harp (work 4) Recorded at Bradley Hill Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD (1988) and Borden Hall at the Manhattan School of Music (1989) Compact disc.

1. Lamentation/Invocation  (1984)  15:05  First recording

Alan Shearer, baritone
New Music Consort, Linda Bouchard, conductor

2. Rite of the Black Sun  (1980)  16:35  First recording

New Music Consort, Claire Heldrich, conductor

3. Planxty Bowerbird  (1982)  7:35  First recording

Anne LeBaron, harp, tape

4. Noh Reflections  (1986)  22:10  First recording

The Theatre Chamber Players of Kennedy Center

5. Concerto for Active Frogs  (1975)  8:10  First recording

New Music Consort, Anne LeBaron, conductor, with: George Cartwright, tenor sax & animal calls, Jim Staley, trombone, William Trigg, percussion & tape, David Shea, baritone voice.

Composer/harpist Anne LeBaron has had an interesting career in both classical and jazz genres. As a Fulbright scholar, she studied with Gyorgy Ligeti. Her active career as a harpist has led to collaborations with Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton, and her own Anne LeBaron Quintet in the jazz fields as well as solo and chamber works, including a recent commission for a Double-Harp Concerto.

A description of Anne LeBaron’s sound world can best be told by the composer herself: “These works respond to diverse stimuli in my life, ranging from the sounds of frogs, birds, and preachers–the sonic geography of the American South–to the writings of Artaud and the vocal and dramatic art of Korea and Japan.”

Ms. LeBaron has achieved international recognition for her pioneering work with extended techniques for the harp, fully demonstrated here by her solo performance of Planxty Bowerbird.

The balance of the CD is performed by the outstanding ensembles, the New Music Consort and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center, including the Artaud inspired Rite of the Black Sun for percussion ensemble, and the evocative Concerto for Active Frogs for soloists with frog sound accompaniment.

Language : English, German, French.


“Anne LeBaron is an interesting composer, whose work I didn’t know until the appearance of this recent disc. Rather like Stockhausen’s music, each of her pieces seems to inhabit a world of its own; on the evidence of this disc there are a few obvious LeBaron fingerprints. Her music responds to a variety of external stimuli…And it’s all here too, on the one disc, in five pieces whose only unifying features are a sensitivity to instrumental sonority and a splendid sense of timing. This is refreshingly undogmatic music, and well worth checking out.”
—Bradley Lonard, ABC Radio (Australia)


Anne LeBaron: The Musical Railism of Anne LeBaron (mode 42)

New Music Consort on Mode:
Anne LeBaron: The Musical Railism of Anne LeBaron (mode 42)

Michael Pugliese on Mode:
Luciano Berio: The Great Works for Voice (mode 48)
John Cage: Volume 1 (mode 1/2)
John Cage: Vol.4: Music for Merce Cunningham (mode 24)
Peter Maxwell Davies: Le Jongleur de Notre Dame (mode 59)
Anne LeBaron: (mode 30)
Michael Pugliese: Perkin’ at Merkin (mode 25)
Bernadette Speach: Without Borders (mode 16)

William Trigg on Mode:
Luciano Berio: The Great Works for Voice (mode 48)
Newband Plays Microtonal Works (mode 18)
Michael Pugliese: Perkin’ at Merkin (mode 25)
Musicians’ Accord: Chamber Music for Voice (mode 23)