Concert: An Afternoon of World Premieres
When: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 12:00pm Noon
Where:Lefrak Concert Hall, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, 6530 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354 Tel-718-793-8080
Info: Featuring duoÂ Stephanie and Saar – Music for Two Pianos
Composers: Paul Hefner, Jay Anthony Gach (Co-Mgrs.) Rob Schwimmer, Henry Martin, Herbert A. Deutsch, Ed Smaldone and John Adams.
On this occasion they will perform Herbert Deutschâ€™s Raga Marva, a contemporary reinterpretation of the Indian raga, Jay Gachâ€™s Mano a Mano, a two piano metaphor of combat, the jazz-informed Maria by Moonlight by Paul Hefnerâ€™s, which is based on the chord structures of “Stella by Starlight,” with new melody and development by the composer, and Henry Martinâ€™s Son la Pia, the literary theme of which is taken from Danteâ€™s Purgatorio where a soul describes her husband murdering her. Reflecting the influence of Chopin are Rob Schwimmerâ€™s CcHhOoPpIiNn NnIiPpOoHhCc, and Edward Smaldoneâ€™s Transformational Etudes. Schwimmerâ€™s work is a psychedelic brain (and finger) twister that involves delaying one hand’s start of that which was in unison in the last movement of Chopinâ€™s Piano Sonata #2 by one note as well as the same process worked on a symmetrical version for the second piano. The opening movement of the Smaldone work (which is repeated as the epilogue to the set) is a contemporary interpretation of Chopin’s Op. 10 No. 1. However, all of its movements are based on a series of semi-abstract paintings by Irving Abram. The preceding works of Long Island Composer Alliance composers are all world premieres. Also on the program is the exuberant Hallelujah Junction by Pulitzer-prize winning composer John Adams.