Carl Vine

(1954 - )


'A major talent ... someone capable of breaking genuinely new ground and getting things to grow in it.'
The Australian

‘Vine writes Big Tunes. More: he scores them with Technicolor richness … his music is rhythmically cogent (I was occasionally reminded of Roy Harris or of Copland) and makes frequent use of ostinato … some of his most striking effects are in fact quite complex, with richly embroidered polyphony and multiple ostinatos that enable the music to move at two different speeds at once. There is abundant floridly ornamental melody, but beneath the tendrils the melodic substance is often quite simple, even innocent …’

‘A major talent just waiting to be discovered here in the Old World. 'Radically tonal' (his phrase), the music is accessible but vital, richly coloured with a true, distinctive gift for melody, and somehow fresher than most current European writing.’
The Independent on Sunday


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