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Celebrating the 20th-Century Music “Traitor”

Throughout the 2018-2019 season, many ensembles and performers will be celebrating the centenary of GEORGE ROCHBERG: a composer who first embraced 12-tone music and serialism, then later rejected avant-garde styles as a form of “self-extinction.” The Tanglewood Music Center, which found storied “success” in championing Rochberg’s music, kicked off the season’s celebrations with performances of his Quintet for Two Violins, Viola, and Two Violoncellos and Octet (A Grand Fantasia) in August.
The University of Pennsylvania, where Rochberg taught on the music faculty until 1983, offered the first of its three all-Rochberg programs on September 26th with performances from the Daedalus String Quartet and the New Fromm Ensemble. The two upcoming performances (October 28th and November 28th) will feature renowned musical artists, Mimi Stillman, flute, Elliot Fisk, guitar, and Mark Livshits, piano.
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The Life and Music of Steven Stucky Celebrated at Tanglewood

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Prior to his passing in February, Steven Stucky had curated the five-day Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood and was scheduled to be the guest artistic director. The 2016 festival was dedicated in his honor.
Jeremy Eichler of The Boston Globe observed that the six programs curated by Stucky “did not trumpet any overarching themes, nor did they seem intent on making any partisan revisions to received narratives of the recent musical past. Rather, they grouped themselves around clusters of influence, pedagogic and musical, across different generations.” In essence, the festival poignantly reflected the attitude of camaraderie that the composer brought to the musical community and the importance of understanding the tradition one inherits.
Two works by Steven Stucky were featured at the opening concert of the festival: Chamber Concerto (2009) and his work for solo cello, Dialoghi (2007). Feel free to explore them below.

…lyrical, colorful, atmospheric and,
in its dark Largo section, gripping;
it also manages to evade the
self-congratulatory quality that
bedevils scores written to exhibit
the virtuosity of their players.

–Minneapolis Star Tribune

DIALOGHI (Studies on a Name)
for Solo Violoncello

…it seems to lie beautifully on the instrument. Cellists everywhere should take it up.

–The Orange County Register

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