Gayle Young

Gayle Young Plays Yoko Ono's Secret Piece
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Longtime readers of Musicworks certainly know composer and performer Gayle Young, who edited the magazine for many years and now serves as its publisher. An active member of Canada's experimental music community, Gayle is an invaluable resource to the entire organization for countless reasons. Her gorgeous new recording is also her latest gift to us. Gayle Young Plays Yoko Ono's Secret Piece is meditative listening. When you add it to your collection or give it as a gift you are supporting Musicworks!

Secret Piece was the first composition in which Ono moved beyond the limitations of conventional music notation to include language, and is now recognized as one of the earliest examples of conceptual art. The score shows treble and bass clefs, the notation of F below middle C as tied half notes, plus a hand-written text, “with the accompaniment of the birds singing at dawn.” Gayle Young accompanies the dawn bird chorus on the Amaranth, a unique twenty-four-string instrument she designed and built.

"Gayle Young steals the secret with a beautiful soundscape and performance of Yoko Ono's Secret Piece on this CD." — Pauline Oliveros