A sampler from more than a century of composition in the United States
The unanswered Question
Study nr 6 (bew. Yvar Mikhashoff)
Study nr 7 (bew. Yvar Mikhashoff)
Dry (Nederlandse première)
Imaginary Landscape II
Chamber Piece No 1
SLAGWERK DEN HAAG
conductor Etienne Siebens
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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.
Michael Gordon - Dry
Listen to Dry by Michael Gordon, composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can.
Charles Ives - The Unanswered Question
Listen to the performance of Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question by New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein.