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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

You Can't Get There From Here (2012)
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Commissioned by Terezin Music Festival
St. Rose Music Publishing
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
20 Minutes
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Nico Muhly You Can't Get There From Here (2012)
First performance:
November 12 2012
TerezĂ­n Music Foundation
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

"You Can't Get There From Here" is a meditation, in several connected sections played without pause, on, among other things, The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, itself a somewhat abstract collection of music by various composers. The piece is, in a sense, a collection of memories: a strange fragment of Tudor music here, a scrap of motor-music there, and a long, slow meditation on an uncredited piece of four-part harmony scrawled without note durations in the FwVB manuscript. The piece is designed to be a navigation challenge for Simone Dinnerstein, who, aside from her technical prowess, has an emotional and interpretive virtuosity I was very interested in exploring.

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