Music We’d Like to Hear got off to a typically thoughtful, intimate, surprising and beautiful start last Friday with Markus Trunk’s curated concert of clavichord music, played by Makiko Nishikaze. Some thoughts I had:
- The clavichord is a lovely instrument: it’s rare to find a (Western classical) instrument that establishes the parameters of its own reception so firmly: you have to be seated on the keyboard side, and you have to be as close as possible, and you have to listen with rare intensity.
- It also has a surprisingly rich palette – much more interesting than the ‘small harpsichord’ that I was sort of expecting. The range of sounds from tinkling treble to wah-wah bass is unusually wide.
- I’ve mentioned Mamoru Fujieda before, but more people need to know about his music.
- Peter Ablinger’s music is extraordinarily robust: switch it to whatever instrument or combination of instruments you like and it still sounds absolutely purposeful and absolutely him. Cage mastered that trick too.
John Lely’s concert continues the series on Friday; here are the details:
Christopher Hobbs: Aran; McCrimmon Will Never Return
William Cheshire: Slat
Alvin Lucier: Opera with Objects
Travis Just: Everybody’s Everyone (it’s time to love life again)
Michael Parsons: New Work for multiple ocarinas
Philip Corner: Gamelan II ‘KHUSUS’
and Two Georgian Folk Songs, transcribed and arranged by Lely.
Performed by William Cheshire, Richard Jones, John Lely, Tim
Parkinson, Michael Parsons and Markus Trunk.
Church of St Anne & St Agnes, Gresham Street, EC2V 7BX