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Friday night we had a little workshop concert. My violinist and I played a couple of transcriptions from Rameau keyboard music, La Triomphante and Les Tendres Plaintes, I played Sofia Gubaidulina's Serenade (1960) and we did a tryout of my new piece "Dark Dream" and come to think of it, I'm not sure if I even announced the title! It went ok, though we discovered several new mistakes we hadn't made before. I haven't listened to the recording yet, but if it is not too embarrassing I might put it up in a post. Or not!
It was interesting--some said afterwards it was "ear-expanding." Honestly, I have been trying to avoid doing anything radical for years now. I rejected the typical avant-garde gestures years and years ago and have been trying to find a way of returning to the roots of music. But using tonal gestures and ideas has not been getting to where I wanted to be. So I finally decided to strike out in some new directions and it is working so far. I see what artists mean when they talk about going where the material takes them or being a reluctant innovator! That's me, a reluctant innovator.
I don't think you really have a choice. I am starting a new piece, for violin, guitar and percussion titled "Dark and Light."
This is a 2006 piece by Sofia Gubaidulina, Light of the End, part 1, London Philharmonic, cond. Kurt Masur: