Where words leave off...

Sun Mar 4 2012
Casa Italiana

New York, NY

In Heine’s words, “Where words leave off, music begins.” counter)induction presents works that trace this fragile boundary. Starting from the most direct confrontation of speech and music in Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, passing through the awesome, choked Sprachahntlichkeit of the Lachenmann, culminating in a rare performance of Nono’s late, monumental string quartet, where Holderlin’s words are read in silence. Featuring renowned flutist and vocal artist Paula Robison.

Sponsored generously by the Italian Academy.

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“Once when father (George Ives) was asked: 'How can you stand it to hear old John Bell (who was the best stonemason in town) bellow off-key the way he does at camp-meetings?' his answer was: 'Old John is a supreme musician. Look into his face and hear the music of the ages. Don't pay too much attention to the sounds. If you do, you may miss the music. You won't get a heroic ride to Heaven on pretty little sounds!'”
--Charles Ives