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Publisher: Chester Music

Music in Contrary Motion (1969)
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
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Philip Glass Music in Contrary Motion (1969)
Contrary Motion, composed in 1969, is a work for solo organ in which pedal points add a functional harmony (A minor) and there is something faintly Bach-ian about its stern, rigorous counterpoint. Contrary Motion was written in what Glass calls "open form" — it never really ends, it just stops. The expanding figures upon which it is constructed could, theoretically, continue augmenting forever. Should an interpreter care to take it that far, a performance lasting hours, even days, would be possible.

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  • Soloist(s)
    Manuel Zurria, flute / Paolo Ravaglia, clarinet / Francesco Peverini, violin / Francesco Dillon, cello / Oscar Pizzo, keyboard / Gianluca Ruggeri, marimba
  • Ensemble
    Alter Ego
    Orange Mountain Music:
  • 09 JUN 2006
    York Late Music Festival
    National Centre of Early Music, Walmgate, York
    Piano Circus

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