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O Mysterium [demo​-​album]

by Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet

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xhrl_ The Edmund Welles Quartet play the big bass clarinet exclusively. Here they are playing a series of Renaissance motets, Erik Satie piano works and Baroque organ pieces on the bass clarinet. It may seem as if the concept is rather strange, but just listen to them play; it makes sense when you hear the music. These guys have even put metal and punk songs to the bass clarinet! Favorite track: De profundis clamavi ad te [demo].
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Carsten Pieper Early demos/arrrangement meant as a proof-of-concept. All instruments played by Edmund Welles leader Cornelius Boots...


an small collection of early Edmund Welles demos of pre- and post-Classical styles including Renaissance motets, Erik Satie piano works and Baroque organ pieces by Frescobaldi.

These recordings were made in order to find out if these arrangements were working and were not polished or intended for release, but they are fun to listen to...the 4th release in the "zeroth law Archival Re-release project": the back catalog of recordings from reed renegade Cornelius Boots.


released December 21, 1999

Cornelius Boots: bass clarinet, arranging, recording
Mr. Random: compiling and demo-mastering




Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet Oakland, California

Edmund Welles has the distinction of being the world’s only original, composing band of four bass clarinetist: they invent and perform heavy chamber music. Drawing virtuosic precision from the classical realm; innovation and texture from jazz; and power, rhythm and overall perspective from rock and metal, the quartet’s sound is characterized by a thickness of tone and absolute rhythmic prowess. ... more

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