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Echoes of Time and the River

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Published on: 10 May 2009

Nel 1970, mentre l’Europa era in pieno strutturalismo e in America impazzavano minimalismo e grafismi vari, George Crumb scriveva questo Echoes of Time and the River (Echoes II), per orchestra, un brano fortemente emozionale in quattro parti. Il titolo reca l’indicazione Echoes II perché precedentemente Crumb aveva composto Echoes of Autumn (1965).

Qui vi presentiamo il primo movimento Frozen Time che

features a collage of mysterious and muted textures in overlapping 7/8 metric patterns. After a time, three percussionists make their way ritualistically across the stage intoning the motto of the state of West Virginia: “Montani semper liberi?” (Mountaineers are always free); the “ironic” question mark has been added by the composer. The music swells to an intense fff in the middle section with glissandos in all the string parts. As if in answer, the mandolinist exits playing and whispering the same motto darkly as he disappears off stage
[from program notes]

Il brano è stato recuperato da un vecchio vinile molto rovinato. L’ho pulito per quanto possibile, senza intaccare l’incisione, ma la provenienza si sente.

George Crumb – from Echoes of Time and the River, Frozen Time

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