We may learn little about Chin as a person from her compositions. Yet we will learn a lot about music, and the projection of feeling, fantasy, and wit through gorgeous, reeling, iridescent sound.
But, as the most recent piece on tonight’s program will show, Roger Reynolds is someone who remains a young explorer.
My aim in composing this piece was to create a rich work for violin with four very different and independent parts. There are four variations around a theme or another musical parameter.
Two intertwined purposes are reflected by this music: it is both what I do on stage and also a system of knowledge acquisition, the way I have come to understand the world.
The sonata ends with strangely beautiful layers of sound created by a continuous trill surrounded by a melody and ostinato, and tonight I hear this as a counterpoint to the entire program.
The carol has taken many forms over the course of its evolution from plainsong melodies, motets, and hymns to lullabies and devotional folk songs.
She has worked with various media, from symphony orchestra to studio electronics, but always with a sense more of listening than imposing, of allowing sound to form itself.
Many of these composers were singers as well. Above all, they recognize that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, the defining characteristic of a collective enterprise like choral singing.
My goal is for these transformed sounds to merge with the natural, unamplified instrumental sound, to produce a sonic fabric that is in constant transformation and that brings greater expressiveness.
In revisiting media and sometimes specific works of the past—such as a mass by Josquin or Sappho’s poetry—Haas has shown how diverse, strange, and alluring their shadows may be.
Through all his work, the notion of continuity has been paramount, whether among the fundamental elements of sound or between ancient times and the present.
“The piece is whimsical: it hops back and forth between Winne-the-Pooh-like expressions and the inner world of a child—I allowed the music to take itself where it wanted to go.”
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