Composer Daniel Schlosberg was only a couple years old when the original cult classic “Twin Peaks” TV series first aired in 1990. It wasn’t until college that Schlosberg encountered the show and “could not stop trying to figure it out” and was drawn to the “mind-boggling weirdness of the show,” he said during an interview with Soundcheck’s John Schaefer.
In anticipation of the new “Twin Peaks” relaunch that debuts on Showtime on Sunday, May 21, Schlosberg and the Dover Quartet came by the WQXR studio to play the first movement of his Twin Peaks Fantasy, a new work-in-progress inspired by themes from Angelo Badalamenti’s original score for “Twin Peaks.” They also played a couple other Badalamenti pieces from the show — “The World Spins” and "Audrey's Prayer/Questions in a World of Blue" — arranged for string quartet by Schlosberg.
"As a composer, as an arranger, I have to think about the medium I’m writing for and how best to convey those moods through the string quartet," Schlosberg said. "So you’re not going to hear that twangy guitar, however, the string quartet has this amazing sensuous quality that is very present in the score of 'Twin Peaks' that I try to highlight."
And Schlosberg's and the Dover Quartet's new take on music that is inextricably tied to "Twin Peaks" comes with Badalamenti's blessing.
"We approached him (Badalamenti) with this project and he was extremely enthusiastic," Schlosberg said. "I did not expect how kind he would be and how supportive of this project."
The Dover Quartet will preview Twin Peaks Fantasy on May 30 at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan, and give the world premiere of the finished piece this summer at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Ore. You can hear the full Soundcheck interview with Schlosberg and Dover Quartet viola player Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt on May 29.
So, pour yourself a cup of good, hot black coffee and enjoy the Dover Quartet playing music from and inspired by “Twin Peaks.”
The video above is Twin Peaks Fantasy (first movement): "Between Death and Dreams"
"The Word Spins"
"Audrey's Prayer/Questions in a World of Blue"
The Dover Quartet are: Joel Link, violin; Bryan Lee, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello.