Time: January 26, 2014 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Factory on 5th, The Kosmos
Street: 1715 5th St NW
Website or Map: http://www.chatterabq.org
Event Type: music, and, poetry
Organized By: E Cline
Latest Activity: Dec 15, 2013
Pianist Judith Gordon plays beloved Chopin Preludes
Since their composition (1837-38), the Chopin Preludes have been a part of the musical journey of nearly everyone who has learned to play the piano. Liszt wrote: "they are poetic preludes, analogous to those of a great contemporary poet, who cradles the soul in golden dreams, and elevates it to the regions of the ideal." (1841). Barry Manilow, more recently, surely more famously, co-opted the C Minor prelude for his hit song 'Could It Be Magic'.
The 24 short pieces, inspired by Chopin's study and love of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, traverse all of the major and minor keys and display exquisite compositional and pianistic imagination, abandoning the idea that a Prelude must function as a "prelude to" something else (like, for example, a fugue). Though marvelous heard one at a time - several will be well-known to even the most casual listener and / or parent or friend of a piano student - the Preludes take on a kind of kaleidoscopic grace and urgency and power when encountered all at once. The organic harmonic motion from major to minor, twelve times, morphs from predictable to magical because of the narrative and coloristic connections from piece to piece, many of them less than a minute long. What is the special allure of such brevity? The Romantics glamorized volatility, impulsiveness, The Self - perhaps there is still something irresistible about continuously changing course, shifting gears, avoiding patterns, improvising connections.
Also on the program is “Montale Sketches,” by John Harbison. Harbison (b.1938) writes music with kaleidoscopic attributes, too, reconciling his affinities for Monk, Stravinsky, Harry Warren, Schubert, and Bach, among many others. These dynamic and lyrical pieces are responses to, rather than literal “settings” of, three Montale poems.
Poet G.L. Brower will present the spoken word part of the performance this week. Brower is a Placitas poet who edits/publishes the Malpais Review, a poetry quarterly, and is one of the directors of the Duende Poetry Series of Placitas, which will be in its tenth year in 2014. He has published four books of poetry: “The Book of Knots,” “Planting Trees in Terra Incognita,”” For the Wild Horses of Placitas,” and “ Leaving Cairo (As if it were a dream).” He has also produced two CDs, “Gray Brower Reads” in the Vox Audio Series), and “In Paradise we will Become Music,” with another forthcoming, “The Wanekia & Other Poems.” He has also taught at various universities.
Chatter Sunday Admission prices are $15 regular, $9 for those under 30, and $5 for children under 12, available at the door. The Frequent Attender Pass gives patrons 11 admissions for the price of 10 and can be purchased at the Chatter website, chatterabq.org.