Tonight begins the third annual Shake It Up
Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Run by Composer/Saxophonist Mark Engebretson
of UNC-Greensboro, the festival includes three lectures, three pre-concert talks and three concerts.
from 1993, will conclude the final concert on Saturday night.Appendage
is one of my most intense works Ė Iíve sometimes billed it as ďa Psychosexual Song Cycle in Six Consecutive Sections.Ē The form is interesting: the first five songs gradually accrue motives and text fragments, which finally coalesce into the Last lullabye
that concludes the piece. Some people consider it my best work; I think of it as one of the better examples so far of a particular kind of work I do, pieces in which the text is composed as just one of the elements of the music, on equal footing with rhythm, timbre, harmony and melody.
- tes yeux
- warm eyes
- Last lullabye
If you are interested, you can hear it here
Because of its length (33 minutes) and scoring (soprano, vn, vla, vc, cl, sax, pno) Appendage
is hard to program, so Iím particularly appreciative of Markís efforts in putting together the forces that will play the piece on Saturday night.
The festivalís focus this year is on composers residing in North and South Carolina. As might be expected from any regional collection of composers, the result is a real mixed bag of styles and artistic interests. Other composers weíll be hearing: Ben Johnston, Karel Husa, Michael Rothkopf, Scott Lindroth, Reginald Bain, James Paul Sain, John Fitz Rogers, Stephen Anderson, Mark Engebretson, Edward Jacobs, Allen Anderson, John Allemeier, Adam Josephson.