|Composer Portrait: Julia Wolfe|
|The Tale Those Strings Can Tell
The New York Times
By Anthony Tommasini
February 4, 2011
"You might think that writing program music automatically provides a composer with a structure for a long piece. The way this genre has typically been practiced, the music is supposed to illustrate a story. As long as the story has structure, the music should too.
But a piece of program music must have a convincing musical structure of its own, as Julia Wolfe’s restless “Cruel Sister” does. This 30-minute work for strings had its New York premiere on Thursday night at the Miller Theater, brilliantly performed by 18 players from the ensemble Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman. The concert was part of the theater’s Composer Portraits series. Ms. Wolfe was on hand to discuss her music with John Schaefer, the host of WNYC’s “Soundcheck.”
Reiterating what she had explained in a recent interview, Ms. Wolfe said that she had never been much interested in program music..." (Read more)
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Photo by Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times - Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman