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Primous Fountain; Composer
Primous Fountain; Composer

Dawn of the composer

The sun was barely rising when Primous closed the last, three hundred and fiftieth page of his first howling work. (He called it “Manifestation” – Manifestation.)

The young composer postponed the manuscript, went to the window to take a fresh breath of air. The cold spring wind did not bother him, the already chaotic Chicago crowd seemed to be slow. But it did not bother him. Excited only what was to happen tonight. The young man felt the body begin to relax nicely, a bead of sweat appeared on his forehead and the orchestra began to sound in his head. He heard every instrument, heard every note – it was like an obsession. Convinced that this time everything was done “as it should be” the composer settled in a comfortable armchair, closed his eyes – until the evening was still a long time – and he fell asleep. I fell asleep to wake up as a great and famous composer. In the evening, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform his first orchestral work. It will be the first time in the history of the orchestra, when he performs the music of a 20 year old boy, composer-nugget, when he, having just finished school, began to write music. It was a long and not easy way from a housing project in Chicago to recognition at Michigan Avenue, but today his dreams were moving in the way of success.

“The work of Primous Fountain is superior to Shostakovitch ….”

So they say about his music critics and everyone who first merges his music … With Primous we have known each other for many years. For the first time we met when I interviewed him for the magazine I worked for. Since then, he always shared with me this music, and I with him my poems. We have always admired each other. And since then I’ve written a lot about him and his music. Then no one could have imagined that from the shy but at the same time easy, sincere, friendly boy the one who he is today – a composer of a higher level who will continue the traditions of Stravinsky, Shostakovitch and other great composers of the past epoch, will grow up. I saw his way of development from a young genius to an internationally recognized composer. I, as well as he grew up in the Chicago housing project, so I understand the obstacles, which a creative person must overcome in order to become informative. Unfortunately, he was ignored for too long. And I perfectly know every step of his struggle not only for the creation, but also for the most difficult process of obtaining recognition. But the work of Prime is far superior to Shostakovitch’s work. His music is pleasant and luxurious and always one step ahead of the era.

Alan Kip, writer, sings Translation by Oksana Kalinichenko

Primous works are far superior to Shostakovitch…

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Primous Fountain
Primous Fountain

“Primous works are far superior to Shostakovitch…”

“Allan Kipp author, poet”

Primous and I have known each other for many years. He has shared his music with me and I have shared my poetry with him. We have a mutual admiration society. I have seen him develop from a young genius to an internationally recognized composer.

Primous’ works are far superior to Shostakovitch… Primous’ works are far from ponderous, rich and pleasing, yet he is not a throwback to the classical age but a cutting edge composer, who began in high school and continues to this day. I mentioned that from ancient times, music and poetry among the Greeks were regarded as the same art form, so perhaps that accounts for our mutual understanding—both as friends and fellow artists.

I met Primous when we were very young men when I interviewed him for a magazine article about him and his music. Nobody would have thought that he would progress from a boy in a Chicago housing project to what he is today. I also grew up in a Chicago housing project, so I understand the obstacles a creative person has to overcome to be an artist.

He has been ignored for too many years. I know the struggles not only of creating but the most difficult process of getting one’s work accepted.

An aside: I became friends with a janitor at the university where I worked. He had a degree in economics but had to do menial work in America. One day, in front of a group of students, he began to recite in Russian. He told me that it was Pushkin, but these young people would not understand. I find it interesting that Russia’s most beloved poet was thought to be part black and though he acclaimed fame he died tragically. Our struggles in America are a bit different, but in general most of us are ignored or appeal to only a small segment of the population. We work in the long, dark shadow of pop culture—most of it inane.

With respect to music, I told Primous that one of America’s late and great poets, Wallace Stevens, who was a lawyer and a successful insurance executive, that none of his colleagues knew of his poetry. Stevens wrote, in a poem titled Peter Quince at the Clavier that “music is feeling then, not sound.” Thus the aim is to move people and ennoble them to feel and act on their best instincts, to provide comfort and courage in an often cold and brutal world.

P.S. My poem Wrath of Music, he recently enjoyed. It’s a musical joke. As I told Primous, it was inspired by a chamber music concert in Salzburg some years ago. The first half featured Bach and Mozart and after the intermission similar works by Shostakovitch.

Allan  Kipp author, poet

Wraith of Music

I saw Shostakovich’s ghost

at the supermarket.

He was amazed at the meat,

sneered at the caviar

and marveled at the onions.

Then I realized I was listening

To Shostakovich,

And like Mahler, he’s too much

For the normal stomach.

So I ate some raspberries

and listened to one of those

lighter than air composers

and laughed at everybody

who bought a pork roast.

© Allan  Kipp 2016

Mr. Fountain’s music has large public and media interest

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NS Orchestra Moldoa
NS Orchestra Moldoa

Mr. Fountain’s music has large public and media interest

Primous Fountain is one classical music composer whose credentials raise eye brows.

“Primous Fountain is composer of such caliber, whom experts of classical compositions regard as successor of Shostakovich and Stravinsky, which is made apparent by likes of Michael Tilson, Dean Dixon, Hans Werner Henze. Clearly, his works beckon for a distinguished blend of experience and knowledge…”

Primous Fountain “Great Composer”

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Primous Fountain
Primous Fountain

Primous Fountain “Great Composer”

He is a genius” …Quincy Jones

Primous Fountain was raised in the Chicago Southside Housing Projects. He is a self-taught composer. Composing music is the only work Fountain has done for a living since leaving high school in Chicago. He has dedicated himself to music every day of his life. Today composer has composed seven Symphonies and many other orchestral works.

The young composer Primous Fountain had the premier of his ‘Manifestation’ by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Because of the huge public talk about the performance of Fountain’s music that concert had the most turn out in the history of the orchestra. There was a huge amount of media stories during that performance time. One of the most remarkable and appealing aspect of this composer is the age: his “Manifestation” was composed when he was only 18.

Primous Founatin
Primous Founatin

Quincy Jones, the famed producer, impresario, was the first to recognize the genius of the young composer in his teens when he studied the manuscript of the young composer’s orchestra work ‘Manifestation’. This was before any of Fountain’s music was ever performed! Jones immediately became Fountain’s patron and mentor. This was the start of a close relationship between Jones and Fountain. Later Quincy Jones commissioned Fountain to compose his Second Symphony. This Symphony 2 was 10 years in the making and it then started a new period in the development in the music of the Great composer.

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