Jacob Greenberg

Friday, March 14, 2008

counterpoint

I'm dealing with many aspects of my professional life these days in a complex counterpoint: managing educational promotion for ICE, playing concerts, and teaching. It's a big effort. But I'm glad that the days are getting longer, even with the continuing cold. Last night's Close Range concert, rescheduled from February, tied together diverse areas of my recent solo work: the crispness of Haydn's well-known D major sonata and the expansive range of Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasie, coupled with Takemitsu's Rain Tree Sketches, which reflect both aspects of the earlier composers. The program closed with Schubert's great sonata in A, which has always been one of my favorites for its contradictions of character.

Later this week I play Szymanowski for the Bloomingdale School, and then a chamber piece with ICE for our short Binghamton residency focusing on young Latino composers and their teachers.