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Music In The Making: An AURA Celebration

Featuring new music by Correa, Wingate, Buller and Reich.


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On this week's episode of Music in the Making, we celebrate the AURA Contemporary Ensemble by listening to a program of their greatest performances!

Music in this episode:

James Correa – Retrato cubista da cidade de Porto Alegre (1994)
Ingrid Hunter, violin; Andreea Muţ, piano
Moores Opera House

As you might be able to tell from the title of this first piece, Correa’s composition blends the ideas of cubism and the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil. By incorporating the ideas of Cubism, made famous by Pablo Picasso, Correa uses this composition to describe his hometown in various musical fragments and ideas that he pieces together throughout the work.

Mark Wingate – Ode to the South-facing Form (1992)
Pre-recorded sounds
Moores Opera House

While our next selection does not feature any live performers, it is a great example of the growing use of electronics and digital processing in new music. The recorded sounds used to create this piece were taken from various religious ceremonies in Tibet, Japan and Africa. From there, Wingate was able to put these recordings together to create this unique hypnotic soundscape.

Mark Buller – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2015)
Jacob Gutierrez, percussion; Andreea Muţ, piano
Moores Opera House

Our next selection is written by a familiar face around the Moores School of Music, recent Doctoral student Mark Buller. This composition, which takes it’s name from a poem by Gil Scott-Heron, is something of a protest piece. Buller describes it as, “a vantage point that contradicts mainstream thought, questions the status quo.”

Steve Riech, 1976

Steve Reich – Different Trains (1988)
Ingrid Hunter, violin; Roberto Alonso Trillo, violin; Shelby Thompson, viola; Sonya Matoussova, cello
Moores Opera House

Our last selection tonight was inspired by Reich’s frequent travels from Los Angeles to New York by train as a young child. Looking back on these memories, Reich pondered what those experiences must have been like during World War II. With this in mind, he wrote this work for string quartet and pre-recorded track, featuring sounds from various WWII figures, Reich’s own personal life and trains across the US and Europe.

This episode originally aired Sunday, November 15th, 2015. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Classical 91.7.