eighth blackbird performs Rzewski
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Great music always inspires new directions and interpretations—a freedom the six adventurers of eighth blackbird delight in every chance they get. This week eighth blackbird brings us two works that take us a few steps further. Frederic Rzewski's Les Moutons des Panurge uses hopscotch-like addition and repetition to spark ever changing patterns of sound and line: each performance of it generates an entirely new composition.
And in his Fantasy Etudes, Fred Lerdahl elaborates simple themes into variations of increasing color and richness, showing us in the process how eighth blackbird's assorted textures can interact in countless different ways. The blackbirds animate both with characteristic brilliance and verve, as they do the two works that complete their program Derek Bermel's Tied Shifts and Ashley Fure's Inescapable.
Derek Bermel: Tied Shifts
—I. (Driving, relentless)
Frederic Rzewski: Les Moutons des Panurge
Ashley Fure: Inescapable
Fred Lerdahl: Fantasy Etudes