Thursday, March 03, 2005

Language ,as a Music; Feb. 28, 2005.

Visitng Pittsburgh, I was invited by Dr. Alan Shockley to perform "Language ,as a Music" for the University of Pittsburgh's Dept. of Music Theory Group.
This performance took place February 28th, 2005, in Rm. 132 of the Music Dept.
This time, on my own, the piano piece from Part 2, "Argument" and the Irving Berlin song from Part 4, "Red Hook" were played from Open Space CD 10.
The performance went well, though this time greeted by a smaller audience. Nonetheless, those attending the performance were fixed on the reading, very attentive, focussed, and even laughed at certain passages (the term "semantic adultery" was provocative in this way.)
As with my first performance, the whole thing timed in at about 1 hr 15 minutes.
Afterward, I met one of the attendees, Steve, of the performance at a concert (of Bartok quartets) and he gave me great feedback regarding the delivery of Part 1, "Thesis"; his idea regarded the 'interpretation' of that first section, and the question came up "how much interpretation is enough, or too much?" There were sections of "Thesis" that, Steve suggested, could be read with a slight accel., esp. where certain words and phrases were repeated. But then again, not too much accel. When performing this work next time, I shall be sure to practice that first section more. Everyone loved "Red Hook," and the Berlin song; I was requested to read this section again later, which I was glad to do.

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