Saturday, October 25, 2014

Threnos

Threnos (A Song of Lamentation based on the Gettysburg Address) by Daniel Bukvich is a powerful and moving work that contains aleatoric (chance) performance techniques. The work weaves in and out of seemingly foggy and dreamlike sequences contrasted by dissonant harmonic passages of call and response throughout the various wind, brass and percussion instruments. A freely stated declaration by the oboe is accompanied by a steadfast ostinato marching rhythm of snare drum and timpani, supported by wind and brass chordal clusters. In describing the work, Bukvich states “A fascinating recent study examines the rhythm and words that Lincoln used, researching the drama and implications of their rhythmic content. These rhythmic implications are the basis of the effective and dramatic work, beginning, appropriately enough, with Four Score and Seven.” (Source: JRO and published score)

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