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for solo cello


  • Instrumentation: solo cello
  • Edition: score
  • Order No.: ED 31233
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Content text: Bach's solo string music sounds oddly futuristic even today. I first heard the cello suites when I was a child, and I remember noticing the mystical hush that this music could bring over listeners — a strange, beautiful reminder of melody’s power. When Matt approached me last year, I was daunted at first: how could I create an “overture” for something already so complete, so familiar? Eventually the C major suite offered some answers of its own. The instrument itself is already essentially "in C," its open strings ringing out in that tonality, so I decided to follow up on Bach's own use of the instrument's inherent resonances. I was influenced by how he would vault the listener through the music, using vibrant dance impulses to sustain a sometimes majestically slow harmonic rhythm. Studying Bach's original manuscripts, I saw how underspecifying timbre and articulation would allow the performer to find a more personal interpretation. It dawned on me that this "overture" should herald the whole work without revealing too much of it. In this way, my piece became compact, active, resonant, and continuous -- a brisk, eventful run through the woods. Thank you for listening. – Vijay Iyer
ISBN: 978-1-540-08151-3
ISMN: 979-0-60001-299-2
Performance duration: 8' 0"
Publisher: Schott Garden Music, New York
UPC: 888680989736
Uraufführung : 22. Oktober 2015 New York, NY, Miller Theatre, Columbia University (USA) · Matt Haimovitz, cello
Year of composition: 2015
page number: 10
Delivery rights: worldwide
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2015-10-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Miller Theatre, Columbia University | World Premiere
Content text: Bach's solo string music sounds oddly futuristic even today. I first heard the cello suites when I was a child, and I remember noticing the mystical hush that this music could bring over listeners — a strange, beautiful reminder of melody’s power. When Matt approached me last year, I was daunted at first: how could I create an “overture” for something already so complete, so familiar? Eventually the C major suite offered some answers of its own. The instrument itself is already essentially "in C," its open strings ringing out in that tonality, so I decided to follow up on Bach's own use of the instrument's inherent resonances. I was influenced by how he would vault the listener through the music, using vibrant dance impulses to sustain a sometimes majestically slow harmonic rhythm. Studying Bach's original manuscripts, I saw how underspecifying timbre and articulation would allow the performer to find a more personal interpretation. It dawned on me that this "overture" should herald the whole work without revealing too much of it. In this way, my piece became compact, active, resonant, and continuous -- a brisk, eventful run through the woods. Thank you for listening. – Vijay Iyer
ISBN: 978-1-540-08151-3
ISMN: 979-0-60001-299-2
Performance duration: 8' 0"
Publisher: Schott Garden Music, New York
UPC: 888680989736
Uraufführung : 22. Oktober 2015 New York, NY, Miller Theatre, Columbia University (USA) · Matt Haimovitz, cello
Year of composition: 2015
page number: 10
Delivery rights: worldwide
Run
2015-10-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Miller Theatre, Columbia University | World Premiere