Snowy Miscellany

It seems Easter is early and spring is late. It may be Monday in Holy Week, but yes, it is snowing in Philadelphia. Here are a few items of interest amid the large wet flakes:

- I had a a fine Skype session with Judith Gordon last night in which she played for me the five pieces that make up Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift, the new piano piece of mine that she will premiere next week. A video call is a less than ideal way to assess subtle points of musical nuance, but if you can hear through the mesh that Skype places between your ears and the music, there is a lot that gets conveyed. Judy is doing a great job, and, to my surprise, there were hardly any places that needed adjustment in terms of composing – one spot where I was vague about dynamics, but not much else. We talked more about expressive character, some adjustments of timing, and about a few spots being pretty tricky to play, though Judy had them under control. It’s going to be a great performance – Tuesday, April 2, Smith College, 12:30 pm, Sage Hall.

- two of my Columbia mentors currently on the web: an interview with Chou Wen-Chung on New Music Box, and a chat with Mario Davidovsky at the Yellow Barn site.

- two links, the first serious, the other absurd – piano pieces by Dutilleux, and a remarkable excerpt from Pierrot (yes, that is Glenn Gould conducting.)

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