Slagwerk DenHaag, photo Gerrit Schreurs

American Anthology

A sampler from more than a century of composition in the United States

HENRY COWELL  
Ostinato Pianissimo
CHARLES IVES
The unanswered Question            
CONLON NANCARROW 
Study nr 6 (bew. Yvar Mikhashoff)
Study nr 7 (bew. Yvar Mikhashoff)
MICHAEL GORDON     
Dry (Nederlandse première)
JOHN CAGE        
Imaginary Landscape II 
STEFAN WOLPE
Chamber Piece No 1 
ELLIOTT CARTER 
Asko Concerto 

ASKO|SCHÖNBERG
SLAGWERK DEN HAAG
conductor Etienne Siebens

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Thursday, 11 January 2018
20:15 hours
Donderdagavondserie
Amsterdam
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

Inleiding: 19.15 Foyerdeck 1

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American classical music tore itself away from its European roots in the course of the 20th century. Asko|Schönberg provides you with a sampler from more than a century of composition in the United States.

Long awaited, we have the Dutch premier of Gordon's Dry, in which the ensemble performs like a precisely ticking mechanism. Nancarrow's Studies for Player Piano also present a mechanical game of overlapping rhythms. In The Unanswered Question, Ives slowly interweaves strings, woodwinds and solo trumpet. Carter also divides up the ensemble into groups in his Asko Concerto, with philosophical contemplation making way here for the well-tempered drive of a contemporary concerto grosso. Cowell and Cage both had a keen ear for the myriad sounds available from percussion instruments, while the German-born Stefan Wolpe swapped his previous activist tone for a mélange of twelve tone music and jazz when he eventually emigrated to America.

American Anthology

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Michael Gordon - Dry

Listen to Dry by Michael Gordon, composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can.


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Charles Ives - The Unanswered Question

Listen to the performance of Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question by New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein.