Baroque Flamenco

Based on “Minuet in A Minor” by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “Baroque Flamenco” contrasts Rousseau’s 8-bar Baroque theme with Flamenco-style variations in a “Triple Waltz” rhythm (two fast waltz steps and a slower one – the same rhythm used in “America” from “West Side Story”). In addition, check out this short video on how to dance a […]

Bimstein “Dark Wind Rising”

Phillip Bimstein Dark Wind Rising (1992) “The black cloud was getting closer and closer, closer and closer, closer and closer,” chants Vivienne Jake in Dark Winds Rising, a work for string quartet and taped voices by Utah composer Phillip Bimstein. The black cloud feared by Vivienne was a proposed toxic waste incinerator, which threatened the […]

Currier “Quiet Time (Excerpts)”

Sebastian Currier Quiet Time (Excerpts) (2004) Written in 2004 as a companion piece to Quartetset, also written for the Cassatt Quartet, this seven movement work explores and contrasts natural vs. processed sounds based on computer digital signalling process. The Cassatt’s CD on New World Records of these Quartets received the New Yorker – “Best of 2006” Award. [Back […]

Turina “La oración del torero (Prayer of the Bullfighter), Op. 34”

Joaquín Turina La oración del torero (Prayer of the Bullfighter), Op. 34 Turina was born in Seville but his origins were in northern Italy (between Verona, Brescia and Mantova). He studied in Seville as well as in Madrid. He lived in Paris from 1905 to 1914 where he took composition lessons from Vincent d’Indy at his Schola Cantorum, and studied the piano under Moritz Moszkowski. Like […]

Dvořák “Cypresses, B. 152 (excerpts)”

Antonín Dvořák Cypresses, B. 152 (excerpts) (1865) This masterwork for string quartet was written in 1865. It is a collection of love songs originally wirtten when he was 24. He revisited them as a mature composer and finally settled on ten highly personal songs. [Back to the concert program] she helps to feel full the […]

Thoresen “Pyr Aionion, for string quartet, Op. 26”

Lasse Thoresen (b. 1949) Pyr Aionion, for string quartet, Op. 26  Lasse Thoresen (b. 1949) is a professor of composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music where he has taught composition, electro-acoustic music, and sonology since 1975. From 1988 to 2000, Mr. Thoresen occupied the principal chair of composition at the Norwegian Academy of […]