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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

It Remains to be Seen (2006)
Commissioned by Boston University Tanglewood Institute
St. Rose Music Publishing
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11 Minutes

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Nico Muhly It Remains to be Seen (2006)
It Remains to be Seen was written for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s 40th Anniversary Gala in July 2006. The piece begins with a chord identical to the one at the end of Stravinsky’s Firebird suite and proceeds into a series of charged nocturnal episodes. I wanted to treat the feeling of having just heard music, and being expected to make one’s own – referencing the experience of leaving a BSO concert at the shed, walking back to BUTI on a curvy back road, arguing about music in pairs and threes, and at the sign of bright headlights from behind, reorganizing in single file as a car filled with happy concert-goers speeds by. The piece is a nine-minute navigation of an excited, occasionally illuminated, dark road filled with arguing, cars, fragments of remembered music, and a constant, propulsive pulse.

Nico Muhly

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  • 06 NOV 2016
    Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.
    Boston Conservatory Orchestra
    Bruce Hangen, conductor

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