i presented in the composers forum at manhattan school of music, facilitated by reiko feuting, this afternoon. a bit funny: a familiar stage, a bright and eager small sea of faces prepared to absorb and engage. i think the power of contemporary music is the constant pursuit - somehow 'traditional' repertoire seems like a compromise.
Brian Ferneyhough, Cassandra's Dream Song : the prophetess that is never believed. Something of her constant struggle to be heard is embedded in this music. One of the composers in the class speculated about childhood trauma and the severity of the notation of this music; I would focus more on the existential quest for true performance that is ever-present in compositions from this period of "new complexity." This idea of virtuosity subsuming rational/logical/experiential existence is something that isn't necessarily unique to music, although i would argue that the integrity and intensity of intention is invigorating in the moment, but not during and most certainly not after.
More on Ivan Fedele's music to come.
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