Tuesday, July 7, 2009

"Alban Berg’s opera, Wozzeck, first performed in 1925, is a work of such enormous musical complexity that few people can hope to understand it all, even after repeated listenings. Like those enormous Gothic cathedrals that command our respect and awe, Wozzeck contains lovingly crafted details that will forever remain beyond our ken. Even conductors who pore over the music repeatedly discover new things each time they open the covers of the score ..." [note thanks to David Gregson @ Opera West]. Take in a part of this monumental work - one of this week's FEATURED NEW MUSIC VIDEOS.

The New Music Connects project enabled three young Irish composers to compose a new string quartet by collaborating with an ensemble in a number of workshops. The composers selected to participate in the project were EdBennett, Rob Canning and David Flynn. The new works were performed by the Con Tempo quartet at two concerts in Galway and Dublin in December 2007. Read, see and hear all about it at this week's FEATURED NEW MUSIC WEBSITE . . .

The Pytheas Center's DANSES PYTHEUSES, bringing you New Music for Dance, this week features Relief, a 2006 dance piece - choreography by Erin Tisdale, music by David Morneau.

The flute was French composer Albert Roussel's favorite instrument, and he composed a number of chamber works featuring it (Serenade for Flute, Strings and Harp; Trio for Flute, Viola and Cello; Andante and Scherzo for Flute and Piano; and Joueurs de flute, four pieces for flute and piano). FROM THE PYTHEAS ARCHIVES this week brings us a fine performance by flutist Bruce Tabb and pianist Nathalie Fortin of Roussel's Joueurs de flute, "Flute Players". The four movements are fashioned after famous flute players of literature: Pan, the shepherd-god, known for playing the pan-pipes; Tityre, one of the shepherds in Virgil's Bucolica; Krishna, the Hindu god, who played the flute in his youth; and M.de la Pejaudie, the hero of the novel La Pecheresse by Henri de Regnier. ENJOY!

... and just a jaw dropping WOW! for Philippe Quint's performance of John Corigliano's The Red Violin Caprice (1999).

Explore, Listen and Enjoy!
Vinny Fuerst
Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music

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