Imagine playing a melody with one note and then, with each consecutive repetition, adding an additional note until you reach the melody’s 65-note culmination. Then imagine doing that in unison, in a large ensemble and at breakneck speed. This is what you have in Frederick Rzewski
’s Les Moutons de Panurge
, the title based on the cautionary tale of Panurge's sheep who follow each other blindly off the side of a ship thanks to the con-artistry of one of the shipmates. In performance, it’s inevitable that some of the musicians “fall off” the theme of this tricky piece by a composer known for embedding political messages in his works. Also tonight, music of Marcelo Zarvos
and Paul Hindemith
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