Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
100 Years of Composing in America
Saturday 4 February, 1.00pm
Lena Zeliszewska, Violin
Ulrich Heinen, Violoncello
John Snijders, Piano
|Charles E. Ives||Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1904-14)||15'|
|II. TSIAJ ("This scherzo is a joke") Presto|
|III. Moderato con moto|
|john Cage||Water Music (1952)||6'|
|Morton Feldman||Durations II (1960)||5'|
|for violoncello and piano|
|Elliott Carter||Figment II Remembering Mr Ives (2001)||5'|
|for solo cello|
|Elliott Carter||Epigrams (2012)||13'|
Introductions: Stephan Meier, Artistic Director, BCMG
Charles Ives (1874 – 1954) is undoubtedly the father-figure of North-American modern music. Ahead of its time, his music was innovative, daring and explorative. One of his greatest works, the Trio that opens this concert, is a reflection on the composer’s time at Yale University.
It was Ives that encouraged the late great Elliott Carter (1908 – 2012) to study composition. Carter’s short Figment II recalls fragmentarily bits of Ives’ Concord Sonata and Hallowe’en – two Ives pieces he particularly loved.
As an internationally-renowned contemporary ensemble, BCMG has premiered over 170 works from many of the world’s leading composers – including the world premiere of Carter’s last ever work, Epigrams, at the 2013 Aldeburgh Music Festival.