Guerilla Composer Portrait: Nancy Van Der Vate
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Continuing their series of composer portraits without alerting the "portraitees" ahead of time, nor asking any advice or permission, the Brothers Balliett dive today into the work of ex-pat American composer Nancy Van Der Vate.
Though raised in New Jersey and educated at Eastman and Dartmouth, Ms. Van Der Vate lives permanently in Vienna, where she has been increasingly turning her attention towards opera. Today, though, we hear a smattering of delightfully witty and crystalline chamber pieces, including works for solo organ and piano, chamber concertos for cello and harp, and a fascinating piano piece in twelve movements. The ingenious construction? You'll have you listen to find out.
If you don't know Nancy Van Der Vate's music yet, the time is nigh to become acquainted with it. Let us help you out.