”Contra Mortem et Tempus” (1965)
For flute, clarinet, piano, and violin
Performed by the Aeolian Quartet
Not currently available commercially
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These pieces are two meditations that I believe, if explicated, must be explicated succinctly.
“Jour Contre Jour” is meant to display the transformation(s) from a psychological conception of normal or daily time to a psychological conception the musical time.
George Rochberg wrote the haunting “Contra Mortem et Tempus” (”Against Death and Time”) shortly after his son died in 1963.