At The River

Download music from Sleeping Giant Timothy Andres performed by the composer

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Every week as part of Sleeping Giant's December residency on Hammered!, Q2 Music offers an exclusive audio download of solo piano music written by members of the Brooklyn-based collective performed by its own composer-pianist Timothy Andres.

Week Three Download | At The River by Timothy Andres
performed by Timothy Andres, piano 

The third in a series of pieces having to do with Charles Ives and the tradition of musical Americana, At the River is an old-school piano “fantasy” on the American hymn Shall we Gather at the River?.

The tune is first exploded into a long, quasi-improvised “strumming piece”, whose repetitive figurations pay homage to the minimalist juggernauts of Alvin Curran and Charlemagne Palestine. After a gradual ascent to the top of the keyboard, a distant chorale takes up; more recognizable bits of the hymn are heard in far-flung keys.

At the River is dedicated to Ingram Marshall, whose work merges sacred and secular in mysterious and beautiful ways.

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