A second Curtis residency program by the contemporary music eighth blackbird and The Dover Quartet. The program:
Tim Munro, flute; Andrew Hsu, piano
eighth blackbird’s Tim Munro joins Curtis student Andrew Hsu for this early work by Pierre Boulez. Dating from 1946, the enfant terrible of French music describes the Sonatine as “my first stage on the path of serial composition.”
Music by Six Curtis Student Composers (played by the Dover Quartet)
The Dover Quartet performs six new works by Curtis student composers, all supervised by the members of eighth blackbird. They include: You Shattered My Deafness II by Rene Orth; Meditation by Andrew Hsu; Scherzo (“Ach Wie Fluchtig, Ach Wie Nichtig”) by T.J. Cole; Moro Lasso by Alyssa Weinberg; unusta III by Riho Esko Maimets and Méditation boréale by David Hertzberg.
The members of the Dover Quartet (all of whom are Curtis graduates): Joel Link, violin; Bryan A. Lee, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola and Camden Shaw, cello.
Joan Tower: Big Sky
Eunice Kim, violin; John-Henry Crawford, cello; Lisa Kaplan, piano
eighth blackbird’s Lisa Kaplan joins two Curtis students for this short work by Joan Tower, who writes: “Big Sky is a piece based on a memory of riding my horse “Aymara” around in the deep valley of La Paz, Bolivia. The valley was surrounded by the huge and high mountains of the Andes range; and as I rode I looked into a vast and enormous sky. It was very peaceful and extraordinarily beautiful. We never went over one of these mountains, but if we had, it might have felt like what I wrote in this piece.”
Music Word of the Week: “Arpeggio”
“The notes of a chord ‘spread’, i.e. played one after the other from the bottom upwards, or from the top downwards The effect is chiefly used in keyboard and harp music…” (from The Oxford Dictionary of Music)