Contemporaneous reached a thrilling new milestone in the annals of contemporary music. The concert, entitled The Roots Run Deep, featured the work of three young composers: Gabriella Smith and Dylan Mattingly (both b. 1991), and Shawn Jaeger, the elder statesman of the group (b. 1985). The composers were all on hand to introduce their works.
Monday, September 19, 2011
During intermission at a recital, Dylan Mattingly bounded over to his red and black-trimmed bag and pulled out a huge manuscript. Its spiral-bound cover mimicked an atlas, and within it was a score-in-progress for the composition he’s been working on for most of the last two years.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Verlaine ? Il est caché parmi l'herbe, Verlaine
Long ago, I sat in a circle of fifteen girls as Madame __, her hair brittle with red-orange dye, put us through French conjugations. I hadn’t much patience for the grammar, but I loved the sound of French words, the epitome of which seemed, at the time, to be Paul Verlaine’s Chanson d’Automne:
Les sanglots longs
Blessent mon coeur
Friday, September 9, 2011
François Couperin. Time caught hold of Ravel’s intention, and he ultimately offered each of the six pieces that comprise Le Tombeau in remembrance of friends and colleagues who died in World War I.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Verbank Rural Cemetery, with a quaint covered entrance and gravestones winding upward to views of Verbank and the surrounding hills.