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John Harbison

Publisher: AMP

Kürze (1970),
Publisher
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Pierrot Ensemble (no voice)
Year Composed
1970
Duration
11 Minutes
Orchestration
Availability
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Programme Note
John Harbison Kürze (1970),
Composers note:

Die Kürze (Brevity) was composed in 1969, and is dedicated too the pianist Robert Levin, who took part in its first performance at the New York Composer’s Forum. Subsequently performers include the Fires of London and the chamber ensemble of the New England Conservatory. The work is a very intimate chamber piece, aphoristic in nature, divided into three short movements.

The first movement is an exchange between the piano and the other players, both in lyrical isolation. This is followed by a kind of burlesque, a series of bravura solos ending in a mock-arisos. The last movement is a wordless setting of Hölderlin’s Die Kürze.


--John Harbison

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