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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Keep in Touch (2005)
Publisher
St. Rose Music Publishing
Category
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
2005
Duration
12 Minutes
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Nico Muhly Keep in Touch (2005)
Keep in Touch is a lament, a sort of chaconne divided up into sections by more freely composed cadenzas for the viola. But the chaconne, a musical form based around a repeated cycle of chords, is not only the domain of composers like Bach and Purcell—one is as likely to hear the form on a Nina Simone record, and Antony Hegarty, the bluesily androgynous vocalist we hear in the electronic component of this piece, is a performer from the Simone school.

Every dimension of the piece accentuates what Muhly calls the “in-betweenness” of these two strange voices: Antony’s singing and the equally sweet falsetto of the viola. The solo part, with its bow-scrapes and awkward passagework, affectionately emphasises the instrument’s flaws, its unevennesses of tone, and its idiosyncratic character as the neglected middle child of the fiddle family. (Even the percussion on the electronic track is constructed from the little noises a violist usually makes only by accident.) And Antony’s voice, so stately on his own records, is here reduced to abrupt, extemporaneous gestures—mirroring, not alleviating, the viola’s isolation.

  • Soloist(s)
    Clarice Jensen, Cello, Nico Muhly, Celeste, Monika Abendroth, Harp, Carol McGonnell, Clarinets, HIldur Ingveldarottir Gundnadottir, Cello, Lisa Liu, Violin, Monika Abendroth, Harp, Nico Muhly, Piano, Samuel Z. Soloman, Percussion, Nadia Sirota, Antony, Vocals, Kyle Covington, trombones.
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Performances
Date
Title
  • 21 OCT 2014
    Wigmore Hall, London
    Quartet-Lab
  • 15 OCT 2014
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    Quartet-Lab

    Other Dates:
    24 October - Dortmund, Germany
  • 06 JUL 2012
    Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus
    Lockenhaus, Austria
    Lily Francis, viola

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