Musical Pairings of Equal and Opposite Extremes
Keyboard pieces exploring light and dark, complexity and simplicity
Monday, January 27, 2014
Musical Yins meet their complementary Yangs this week on Hammered!, as works of equal but opposite musical purpose hang in perfect aesthetic balance.
Tune all week at 10 AM for keyboard pieces exploring light and dark, complexity and simplicity, concentration and vastness, rhythmic rigor and aleatoric freedom, each pitted against its musical opposite. Things get interesting when you hear that many of these "opposite" pieces have more in common than their surfaces suggest, or that the means by which each's aesthetic identity is achieved is totally the same.
We've got your Brian Ferneyhough and Giya Kancheli, your György Ligeti and Arvo Pärt, and even some Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, plus many, many others.