Today the soft rain fell, and I was immediately transported back in time.
I couldn’t forget if I tried.
This first number of John Adams’ “My Father Knew Charles Ives” trilogy is my favorite, and for a minimalist work, it travels a great distance in terms of harmony and motive. “Concord” is anything but what the title suggests. What starts out as a quiet, but ominous peep of dissonance soon unravels into utter chaos and transports you, it seems, into the very mind of Ives himself, with random fanfares blaring against the underlying, ongoing motive. In between these outbursts of fanfares, you hear the traditional rhythmic monotony of Adams, hinting back to his “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.” It’s really a thrill to listen to, with so much to absorb in the 10 minute piece. Interestingly enough, Adam’s father actually knew Ives, so his imitation of the late composer in this piece is hauntingly accurate and sounds genuine, almost like he overlayed his own work on top of one of Ives’ orchestral pieces. It ends in the same way it started out, with the ominous dissonance slowly fading out into silence. It’s a tremendous feat, and I hope you find it as thrilling as I do! Happy Monday!
I’ve been meaning to do a daily dose of classical post, well, daily, but things have gotten hectic with opera rehearsals and photography engagements. But I have a TON of music to share, especially contemporary classical, and I promise to post them soon!! [Anyone who loves John Adams or Charles Ives will want to lean an ear in during the next couple of weeks!]
Anyone with scoliosis know of good ways to deal with daily pain? I have my deneroll and am dancing again, but anymore it’s so painful to sit for any extended amount of time. :(
Bill Evans was known as a jazz pianist, playing alongside the likes of Miles Davis during the 1960’s; but few know him as a composer, and certainly this should not go unrecognized. His works are the perfect blend of a hybrid-cool/free jazz and early 20th century classical music. From a classical standpoint, his music hearkens back to the days of young Anton Webern and his Passacaglia, Op. 1. His orchestration is sparse, and seems to fade in and out, almost like pointillism in art, or what is known as punctualism in music. Juxtapose that with a cool jazz, Mile Davis “Kind of Blue” style, and you get an exceptional new form of music that is delightful and refreshing to listen to.