Music for a Bleak Eventide
Selections for the Nearing Winter Nights
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Fall has settled in and the brisk winter nights are nearly upon us. This week's Cued Up offers a little night music for those blustery and lethargic after hours.
Opening this week's nocturnal show, we hear John Cage's introspective composition Dream. Composed for his partner, the celebrated dancer Merce Cunningham, Dream creates an otherworldly experience for listeners by its mesmerizing sustaining of pitches. The sound and texture reflect the movements of Cunningham, as Cage only completed the work after receiving the choreographic patterns. We hear a live recording of Bruce Brubaker at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
With an elegant yet colorful combination of violin and harp, Sebatian Currier's Night Time is a highlight of this week's show. Conceived in five short movements -- "Dusk," "Sleepless," "Vespers," "Nightwind" and "Starlight" -- Night Time takes us on a whirlwind tour of nightly emotions. From the introversion felt on cold nights to the lyricism heard in the wind, Night Time takes inspiration from a phrase from Wallace Stephens that reads "in the distances of sleep."
Our celebration of the dreamy winter nights doesn't stop there. We hear Gabriela Lena Frank's Sueños de Chambi (Dreams of Chambi), Kati Agócs Immutable Dreams and much more.