Frederic Anthony Rzewski is an American composer and virtuoso pianist. His major compositions, which often incorporate social and political themes, include the minimalist Coming Together and the piano variations The People. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Attica / Coming Together / Les Moutons De Panurge on Discogs. Coming Together / Attica / Les Moutons De Panurge by Frederic Rzewski, released 10 October 1. Coming Together 2. Attica 3.

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The overall aural effect of the performance is one of a melody composed of constantly shifting timbres, initially individualized but increasingly blended. These selections increase in frequency and intensity, culminating with all performers playing every note of the original melody in unison.

In he returned to New York. Bandcamp Album of the Day Dec 7, go to album. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Rzewski then creates phrases of increasing length by adding notes from the sequence one by one: Huge Fan of this piece. Retrieved from ” https: The text comes from a letter written by Sam Melville, who was an inmate at Attica prison, and was one of the leaders of the Attica riots, where Togeyher was killed.

Coming Together (Rzewski, Frederic)

Thank you very much, dear Aaron. This melody represents the common goal of the performers acting as the inmates, who must then follow a series of instructions which actualize a coming together around the bass melody. Each section has a target melody consisting of a series of rising or falling lines which move sequentially through the gamut; the direction and sequential size of these lines vary from section to section, although every melody is 28 notes total.


Contents 1 Performances 1. It seemed that I was trying both to capture a sense of the physical presence of the writer, and at the same time to unlock a hidden meaning from the simple but ambiguous language. Penelope Two by Penelope Trappes. This gamut is then subjected to a series of algorithmic processes which create a heavily syncopated melody in the bass register, echoing the ordered chaos of prison life.

In this context, C is a retrograde of the retrograde of the fragment order of A, D is an inversion of the fragment order of A, E is an inversion of C and the retrograde inversion of the fragment order of A, F is a retrograde inversion of A, G is an inversion of A, H is a retrograde of A. Rarely in musical works are the very tensions inherent in this artform itself brought to the surface so urgently, palpably, and—ultimately—forcefully.

On the one hand, the players are given freedom to choose what they play; on the other, the very conditions of the freedom serves to highlight the ways in which they are constrained. Too Many Zooz return with holiday classics performed in their own inimitable style. The other pieces on the album are “Attica” and “Les Moutons de Panurge”. At the same time, instructions are given to the other instrumentalists that grant them a certain amount of freedom as to what to play, while at the same time drastically circumscribing their choices, and, of course, imposing on them a general form that delineates their actions as part of a musical composition.

The second sentence is then removed as the remainder are recited, then the third, and so on. The instructions are generally improvisatory in nature, directing performers to select notes from the bass melody to be played at the same Nied 43 43 Leslie James Pickering, Mad Bomber Melville: It was a huge a-ha moment for me, and to this day I have yet to see anyone post it online. The letter was subsequently published, first in a magazine, where it was read by Frederic Rzewski.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The never-resting bassline, consisting of an endless, inevitable, inexorable string of 16th notes, is limited to only 5 pitches—an intentionally simple equally intentionally populist?

Others questioned the incessant rhythm of the bass line. The piece ends abruptly as every member of the ensemble plays five low Nied 47 44 For full correspondences from Mr.

Coming Together (Rzewski, Frederic) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

The act of reading and rereading finally led me to the idea of a musical treatment. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky.

The intertwining of its individual parts affects a greater whole operating in harmony, each member of which plays an equally important part. Starting with A and B as the original themes, togetner are both treated to increasing levels of variation before gradually returning. Does it mean anything like “being in a very close-knit in jail”?

Thus sections C-H are a mirror image of process, which helps the piece feel organic and creates development.