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Episode #2979

The Art of Gliding

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Close to a cello (drewm/flickr)

This New Sounds focuses on a certain sliding noise - that spooky scrape, that insistent siren, the glissando (comes from the Italianized French, glisser, to glide.)  For this program, we'll hear a number of works which feature sliding on the unfretted strings of a cello, including a piece by California-born, now Cologne-based Jay Schwartz.

Schwartz's "Music for 12 Cellos" sometimes strays into the overtone spectrum, sometimes swirls into low roars and drones, then sounds urgent sirens which finally disappear into cloudless climbs.  We'll then hear music by Lois V Vierk, who in her piece "Red Shift" (for electric guitar, synthesizer, cello, and percussion), also rocks the glissando, sliding from somber, spare beginnings into a near-operatic frenzy. Plus, listen to Michael Gordon's electronically amped-up "Industry" with its call for a "tube screamer" which helps to distort the glissandi, and chase that with Arvo Pärt's "Fratres" for 12 cellos.

PROGRAM #2979, The Art of Glide (First aired on Thurs. 9-10-09)

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Lois V. Vierk

Beneath the River

Red Shift, excerpt [1:00]

Tzadik 7056
www.tzadik.com

Maya Beiser

Bang on a Can Industry

Michael Gordon: Industry [10:25]

Sony 66483
Out of print.
Reissued on Cantaloupe 21010 www.cantaloupemusic.com

Arvo Pärt

Tabula Rasa

Fratres (for 12 Cellos) [11:58]

ECM 1275
www.ecmrecords.com

Jay Schwartz

Deutscher Musikrat Edition Zeitgenossische Musik

Jay Schwartz: Music for 12 cellos [16:05]

Wergo 6572
www.wergo.de

Lois V. Vierk

Beneath the River

Red Shift [12:16] River Beneath the River, excerpt [1:30]

See above.

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