From The Wall Street Journal:”Turning the City’s Sights Into Sounds”

The Wall Street Journal, which has lost some credibility as a financial media provider, is becoming something of a force in the worlds of Culture. Earlier, I did a post on their article about Dave Brubeck.


Turning the City’s Sights Into Sounds

This material is under copyright protection, so, just a tease.

“In the musical imagination, America has always been not just a place but a metaphor. From Dvořák’s New World Symphony, with its construct of Indian and African-American folk idioms, to Messiaen’s bird-song transcriptions of Bryce Canyon, composers have responded to it most often with collages, drawing on different musical and even extramusical references.

On Friday, the American Composers Orchestra will present works inspired by a specific time and place as part of its Orchestra Underground series at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. The concert is anchored by Charles Ives’s Central Park in the Dark, written in 1906 by a composer who was already nostalgic for a time, as he wrote in the program notes added in 1914, “before the combustion engine and radio monopolized the earth and air…

Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
Ryan Francis, at the High Line on Tuesday, will bring his composition ‘High Line’ to Zankel Hall as part of the Orchestra Underground series, presented by the American Composers Orchestra.

“Take, for instance, High Line by Ryan Francis. The work is the 29-year-old’s response to a commission by ACO and the luxury goods giant LVMH for a piece that would express the idea of “A Greener New York City.”

Read the rest here.