This week, I received the following lovely email:
Dear Mr. Dillon,

i am a music-education-student of the music-consevatory of cologne. in March 2010 the emerson quartett will play your 5. Quartett “Through the nights”.

In a seminar we prepar worksheets for pupils. These pupils are going to visit the concert. They will prepare the pieces in their music-lessons at school. We are not sure what the central theme of these music-lessons will be. In the moment we think about the theme “pentatonic-the american style?- What was, and what IS the american Style?” The whole programm of the concert contains of american pieces of Dvorak, Barbe, Ives and Dillon.
http://www.koelner-philharmonie.de/veranstaltung/103504/

The question “What is the american Style?” should be the central theme of an interdisciplinary circle of lessons in a few subjects. Is it possible, that you wright us some informations about your piece? Could you send me a few pages of the score? It is very difficult to prepar pupils for the concert, when we do not know something about the piece. I swear, that these informations would not come into the public before the premiere was. Please help us to create “high qualitiy lessons” and give the pupils a better understanding of “new music” ;-)

Thanks a lot

Best regards from Bonn, Germany
Martin Kirchharz

The quest to understand new music continues, and seems to be in intrepid hands, as always.

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