One Track Mind
Extended-Play, Episode-Long Works for Keyboard
Monday, May 21, 2012
There are some things in music you just can't do five minutes. Ask Jem Finer. Sometimes a composer simply requires an extended temporal space to achieve a more slowly evolving mode of expression. This week on Hammered! we hear five such cases, each work lasting the full duration of each episode*.
*Except Monday. We'll warm up the attention span a bit with a sub-sixty minute work by Peteris Vasks called Seasons, introduced by the composer. As a prelude to this enormous and captivating work, we offer a miniature piano piece called A Room In Rome by Alvin Curran, a composer who is perhaps better known for his more extended slow burns for piano.
In a rare case for this otherwise busily programmed show, we can tell you everything that's programmed this week!:
Tuesday offers a beautiful and meditative work by Canadian composer Ann Southam called Simple Lines Of Inquiry; Wednesday contains a full-play of one of the more sonically captivating scores I've heard recently, Benjamin Broening's Recombinant Nocturnes (seriously, not to be missed!); Thursday's program is comprised of a work for strings and two pianos, John Luther Adams' luminous For Lou Harrison; and Friday, we go (relatively) old-school with John Cage's hour-long masterpiece for prepared piano, the Sonatas and Interludes.
Lay it on me, what's your five-day program of 60-minute keyboard works?