Friday, May 18, 2018 - 7:30pm
Serenade for the Deep State (for guitar quartet) by David Feingold
Just after the inauguration of “45”, Steve Bannon appeared with the president in an announcement on deregulatory motions just signed where he proclaimed “we have begun to deconstruct the deep state”. It’s likely that few people here in America realized we had such a thing. This piece is a bit of fun and an effort to provide relief around that idea and remains politically ambiguous in doing it. - David Feingold
The Serenade lasting a mere 5 minutes is in three sections:
Status Quo. This is a little cliché sounding rock ditty
Conquest and Surrender. Melodies evoking Richard Strauss become contrapuntal but eventually lapsing into a patriotic melody set to a Latin groove that one might hear at a New York Wedding. This melody quickly deconstructs and reaches climax giving way to...
Bring on some Blues. First and Second Guitars open with a bluesy line that yearns to go out of phase rhythmically. Somehow the two forces rally and join with quote from the opening of the piece.
The 5-minute piece will be performed by the full Guitar Orchestra. “The students had their work cut out to pull this piece together,” says Feingold of the new work. “It’s texturally dense and rhythmically challenging.”
The evening’s program will also include an original composition by Ian Seavello, work by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer called “Cuban Landscape with Rain,” as well as work by Vivaldi and student solo performances.
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