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Monday Miscellany

Starting Wednesday night, the ICE is going to be all over town like it’s no one else’s business. Among the considerable damage they’re rendering is our own Evan Johnson’s piece Supplement for clarinet and electronics. Gareth Davis will be doing the honors at Rosenberg+Kaufman Fine Art this Friday.

The folks at Linked Musicians have been recognized as an “Official Honouree” by the “Webby” awards. Membership to Linked Musicians, which is free, enables you to find jobs, bands, and just generally link up with others dedicated to live music.  And they tell me a Webby is a big deal.  So — good going!

You theremin nuts will want to click here: WNPR’s presenting “Passion: The Theremin” tonight at 7 and 8pm.

Lastly: I turned in my dissertation proposal last Friday. Entitled “Strategies of Fragmentation in the Music of György Kurtág,” I’m sure this won’t be the last you’ll hear of it.  Wa, ha, ha!!!

And, yes, I’m posting this on Sunday: tomorrow morning I wake up at 6 a.m. to prep my final lecture this semester on Ligeti.

That is all.


Comment from Paul H. Muller
Time: April 22, 2007, 11:16 pm

The second movement of the Khachaturian Piano Concerto features an instrument identified in the liner notes as a “flexatone”. It sure sounds like a theremin to me.

Anyone know if there is a difference?

Comment from Rodney Lister
Time: April 23, 2007, 12:35 am

The flexatone is a percussion instrument. Schoenberg also used it. Check out the wikipedia article.

Comment from Mell Csicsila
Time: April 23, 2007, 1:22 am

I believe that the score is marked “flexatone” and the excerpt was once required on a Boston Symphony audition list. There is some discussion as to whether the part was really for flexatone (in which playing a precise melody accurately is quite difficult) or if Khatchaturian actually meant it for musical saw.

Comment from Evan
Time: April 23, 2007, 9:00 am

No electronics in Supplement, although I believe he intends to amplify it.

Congrats on the dissertation proposal – a lot of good detailed work on Kurtág remains to be done. keep us updated ;)

Comment from David Salvage
Time: April 23, 2007, 10:42 am

Well if there’s amplification, there’s electronics. . . . So I’ll let it stand. For now. Thanks Evan.

Comment from Evan
Time: April 24, 2007, 12:18 pm

An update for those interested: there will be a 3-hour (!) program about the ICE NYC festival tomorrow (Weds.) afternoon, 3-6 pm, on WKCR 89.9; listen online here.