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Timo Andres's "Early to Rise" at NY Phil's CONTACT! Series

On November 17, SubCulture presents a concert of new music curated and hosted by composer John Adams, featuring the New York premiere of Timo Andres's Early to Rise. The piece was commissioned by the Library of Congress for the Attacca Quartet and received its premiere in 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Timo writes that the ten-minute, four-movement string quartet is “the most recent in a series of Schumann-inspired pieces I’ve written; this time, the seed is a five-note accompanimental figure from his late piano cycle Gesänge der Frühe (Morning Songs). At first, Early to Rise uses this figure in a canon, gently cycling through harmonies while its rhythms rub against each other in expanding and contracting patterns.… In the final section, momentum builds in the opposite direction with a simple downward-drifting chorale, picking up speed until it reaches a frenetic conclusion.”

The concert is a co-presentation of the New York Philharmonic and 92nd Street Y and also includes works by Daníel Bjarnason, Ingram Marshall, and Missy Mazzoli.

Check out an excerpt of Early to Rise below.

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