Some good things in the last week, and I’m looking forward to what’s next. Claire and I began work on the Beethoven flute/piano Serenade, which we’ll debut in San Diego in January. ICE began its first high school residency in New York, under my direction, at Baruch College Campus High School, where ninth-graders are now composing graphic scores. And I’m finishing practice for my next Close Range show, at Klavierhaus on December 10.
November 27, 2010
November 15, 2010
ICE’s first NYC high school residency begins next week–a collaboration with Writing Arts classes at Baruch College Campus High School on the east side. Students will be writing incidental music for Mary Zimmerman’s play Metamorphoses, and we’ll be helping them.
I’ll be busy with a lot of recording activity in the next two months. Schumann’s Humoreske is a piece I’ve been with for most of my life, and it’ll be a pleasure to commit it to disc finally. And the Busoni Contrapuntal Fantasy is newer to me, but it has deep roots in Bach that I’ve known for a long time: the final fugue from the Art of the Fugue. Both the Schumann and Busoni are a progression of tableaux–the Schumann is more intuitive, the Busoni more intellectually controlled–which explore a basic idea. It’s been great to dive into the worlds of both pieces.