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Dialogue with Beethoven, Gordon, Moravec and the Enso

Paul Moravec (born 1957)

Dialogue, 2015

Paul Moravec Founded in 1930 and ostensibly the longest running summer chamber music festival in the United States, Music Mountain launched a five-year commissioning project in 2015. For the first year, they commissioned a work for the Enso String Quartet who recommended composer Paul Moravec. The theme for the commission was to create a dialogue with the past, specifically including a connection with the festival’s founder Jacques Gordon, violinist and leader of the Gordon String Quartet. Jonathan Yates, music director for Music Mountain at the time writes:
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Gypsy Music—River of Fire

EGypsy Music—River of Fire Gypsy music is as unique, exotic and diverse as the Romani that play and perpetuate it, an art and essential cultural expression for which the Gypsies are particularly famous. Centuries of literature make reference to the wild, intoxicating music of Gypsies: passionate, virtuosic, bristling with rhythms and wild intensity almost inseparable from dance and communal music making. Perhaps its most famous variety is Spanish Flamenco music most popularly expressed by the Gipsy Kings. More authentic, and more intense, is the stunning final scene in Latcho Drom featuring the famous gitana singer La Caita with a fierce and nuanced vocalise that vividly harkens right back to the Rajasthani music at the beginning of the film. Explore

Exploring the String Quartet—The First 250 Years

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String Sextet 202
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