Saturday, March 20, 2010

Andres tone poem played by Yale Symphony (YouTube); "DC Swing" brings back the boogie woogie of WWII days

Following up on a report of a concert on May 14, 2009, visitors might want to watch a performance of a composition “Bathtub Shrine” by Timothy Andres, performed by the Yale Symphony Orchestra April 18, 2009, conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada, a tribute to C. William Harwood. The ten minute composition, mostly in slow tempos, evokes memories for me of Britten (some of the “Death in Venice" music), Copland, and a little late Mahler. The title is intriguing (somehow it reminds me of Warhol, since I visited his museum in Pittsburg in 2007).

In September 2013 Timo reminded listeners that the composition was composed in memory of conductor William Harwood, who died of AIDS in 1985 (early in the epidemic) at age 36, link here. The title apparently refers to Woolsey Hall at Yale.
The YouTube video from Yale Symphony follows.

The visitor may want to go to the March 13, 2010 entry of the composer’s blog (link) for a bizarre snow object picture, from the late February New York “snowicane” blizzard, bringing back images of the Blair Witch Project.

My own picture above is of “DC Swing” from SLDN’s “Freedom to Serve” event tonight at the National Building Museum in Washington. They played jazz music from the WWII period, including “Bugle Boy”.

Update: March 27

Check out the March 22 entry on Andres's blog (piano pedals and feet), and the info from Nonesuch Records on his new album "Shy and Mighty" (paradox? irony?) due out in May, here.

In the days before CD's, like the 70s, Nonesuch (Elektra) was well known as a low-medium price lable with unusual classical offerings.

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