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Too slow, for Milton

Armstrong, N. (2011). Too slow, for Milton Perspectives of New Music.


Too slow, for Milton was written in 2011, as part of a memorial project for Milton Babbitt. The piece borrows harmonies from Babbitt's Composition for 12 Instruments (harmonies which Babbitt had in turn borrowed from Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon), but unfolds them as part of a musical texture characterised by repetition, resonance, and a slow rate of change. As Babbitt once told me that my music was 'too slow', this seemed an appropriately obstinate form of homage.

Publication Type: Composition
Additional Information: Published as follows: Newton Armstrong. (2012). Too Slow, for Milton. Perspectives of New Music, 49(2S), 4–7. Retrieved from
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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