Charles Wuorinen’s Works at the Guggenheim Museum

Charles Wuorinen, 1990's
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Mr. Wuorinen, known for his complex, 12-tone music, has denounced populist trends in classical music. But along with his modernist colleagues Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter, Mr. Wuorinen seems to have mellowed in recent years, writing more accessible pieces like this whimsical cantata for four singers and chamber ensemble. It was commissioned for the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music in Lenox, Mass., and received its premiere there last August.