The Music of Earth
The centerpiece of "The Music of Earth" is Hans Abrahamsen's hour-long meditation on winter, Schnee ("snow"). Ensemble Dal Niente first performed the work for hundreds of eager listeners at the close of Chicago's 2014 winter. Additional repertoire options include Chou Wen-Chung's majestic Twilight Colors, an ode to New York's Hudson Valley and the composer's recollections of landscapes seen while growing up in China, and Gerard Grisey's Talea, which draws its material by the scientific properties of naturally occuring sounds.
10 (2 pianos needed)
Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee (64')
Chou Wen-Chung - Twilight Colors (16')
Gerard Grisey - Talea (18')
Chicago Cultural Center
Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago
Western Michigan University
Illinois State University
The video below features a preview of Hans Abrahamsen's Schnee.
Click "play" below to listen to an excerpt of Gerard Grisey's Talea: