Robert Phillips

Electroacoustic and Chamber Music Composer

Talea at Harvard University in Paine Hall, August 26th!

August 22, 2012

Rehearsals with the Talea Ensemble have been tremendously invigorating and inspiring this week. Maestro Eduardo Leandro seems to be completely inside the music, and is engaging Shindō no su very deeply, contributing thoughtful and very useful suggestions during the rehearsal process and opening up the space to the spontaneous and dynamic interpretations that make composition so rewarding. I am immensely appreciative of his presence here. All of the players in Talea are exceptional musicians and interpreters — rehearsing with them is a deep engagement with the composition itself. The violist, Elizabeth Weisser, has gone above and beyond the call of duty, performing substantial quarter tone double stops with decoupled vibrato indications despite being considerably awkward and taxing to the hand, and breathing fire into a lengthy viola solo in the middle of the piece. Shindō no su will be the first piece after the intermission on the concert on Sunday, August 26th, at 8:oo p.m.

Talea rehearsal

Rehearsing Shindō no su with the Talea Ensemble at the Harvard University Summer Composition Institute.


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