Haunted by ghosts
Carleton Macy
Adam Kuenzel
Christine Dahl
John Jensen
Julie Bogorad
Catalog Number: 
new classical

Saint Paul, MN

Release Date: 
Jan 1, 1995
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
Macy, C.: ReflectionsiTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
1.Reflections: No. 1. Nocturne03:10$0.99
2.Reflections: No. 2. the Maiden02:48$0.99
3.Reflections: No. 3. Nocturnal Etude02:09$0.99
4.Reflections: No. 4. Sehr Langsam02:30$0.99
5.Reflections: No. 5. Circle01:46$0.99
6.Reflections: No. 6. Piccola Musicale02:37$0.99
7.Reflections: No. 7. Impromptu01:22$0.99
8.Reflections: No. 8. Moon02:41$0.99
9.Reflections: No. 9. Invention01:28$0.99
10.Reflections: No. 10. the Hare00:51$0.99
11.Reflections: No. 11. Cadence00:55$0.99
12.Reflections: No. 12. Rainbow Etude02:26$0.99
14.Solstice and Equinox: Equinox06:47$0.99
15.Maria Music: I. —01:10$0.99
16.Maria Music: II. —01:00$0.99
17.Maria Music: III. —03:03$0.99
18.Maria Music: IV. —01:27$0.99
19.3 Ostinato Studies: No. 1. Andante Cantabile05:31$0.99
20.3 Ostinato Studies: No. 2. Lyric Variations03:23$0.99
21.3 Ostinato Studies: No. 3. Allegro Molto02:38$0.99
23.Reflections: No. 1. Nocturne03:10$0.99
24.Reflections: No. 2. the Maiden02:48$0.99
25.Reflections: No. 3. Nocturnal Etude02:09$0.99
26.Reflections: No. 4. Sehr Langsam02:30$0.99
27.Reflections: No. 5. Circle01:46$0.99
28.Reflections: No. 6. Piccola Musicale02:37$0.99
29.Reflections: No. 7. Impromptu01:22$0.99
30.Reflections: No. 8. Moon02:41$0.99
31.Reflections: No. 9. Invention01:28$0.99
32.Reflections: No. 10. the Hare00:51$0.99
33.Reflections: No. 11. Cadence00:55$0.99
34.Reflections: No. 12. Rainbow Etude02:26$0.99
36.Solstice and Equinox: Equinox06:47$0.99
37.Maria Music: I. —01:10$0.99
38.Maria Music: II. —01:00$0.99
39.Maria Music: III. —03:03$0.99
40.Maria Music: IV. —01:27$0.99
41.3 Ostinato Studies: No. 1. Andante Cantabile05:31$0.99
42.3 Ostinato Studies: No. 2. Lyric Variations03:23$0.99
43.3 Ostinato Studies: No. 3. Allegro Molto02:38$0.99


One Sheet: 
Four instrumental works by Carleton Macy for solo piano, piano and two flutes, and piano duo that challenges the listener to "find" the harmonic shapes of earlier works by Bach, Wolf, Chopin, Webern, Dallapiccola, Schubert, and others. Diverse styles influence these four appealing, yet thoroughly modern works, including "reflections" of jazz, pop, world music, and contemporary classics. Macy's music presents a strong, coherent, and deeply personal new musical voice.


The album contains four remarkable pieces, all enjoyable on different levels... As though in a hazy dream, dissembled compositions glide by, daring the listener to identify the original... The result is a postmodern collage that blends genres and mixes tension and beauty.

- Andrew Druckenbrod


Carleton Macy's music is haunted by the ghosts of earlier music. This is true of many composers, especially today, but Macy has internalized and then re-externalized the past in a more thorough-going fashion than most others. His Reflections, for piano solo, is made of 12 short pieces, each reworking an existing piece, ranging from Bach and Chopin to Webern, Dallapiccola, and Harold Arlen. While derivative in the truest sense (and without the normal negative connotation), these pieces are personal and original statements. The other music on this disc is quite good too, especially Maria Music, a set of tangos inspired by a student of Macy's who referred to all music as some form of 'tango.' These three pieces, in widely contrasting styles and moods, yet all clearly tangos, make a strong case for the truth of the student's observation. This is a well-played and enjoyable disc.

- Stephen Hicken