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Playlist: Horizons

with tone on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Show Notes:


composer note - Mystery Sonatas is the name of a remarkable set of violin pieces from the 1670's by the Bohemian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, one of the great violin virtuosi of his day. This is a bizarre and fiery set of sonatas in which Biber depicts the story of the birth, the crucifixion, and the resurrection of Jesus, in 15 separate sonatas, each of them with their own individual movements, each telling one part of the story of Jesus. More interesting, perhaps, is that each sonata is in its own special tuning, requiring a pause between movements in performance so that the strings of the violin can be completely adjusted. And to me more interesting still is the idea that one might want to express one's most personal, most intimate, most spiritual thoughts through wild displays of virtuosity. Because Biber's pieces really are wild.

I decided to make my own virtuosic pieces, about my most intimate, most spiritual thoughts. Mine are not about Jesus, and the violin is not retuned between movements, but I did keep one of Biber's distinctions. He divides Jesus's life into three phases — the joyous, the sorrowful, and the glorious. The central pieces of my mystery sonatas are called 'joy,' 'sorrow,' and 'glory,' but in my piece these are all quiet, internal, reflective states of being.

Time Artist Song Title Album Label Year
6:02 pm
david lang joy mystery sonatas - augustin hadelich, violin cantaloupe 2018
6:08 pm
david lang after joy mystery sonatas - augustin hadelich, violin cantaloupe 2018
6:13 pm
david lang before sorrow mystery sonatas - augustin hadelich, violin cantaloupe 2018
6:21 pm
david lang sorrow mystery sonatas - augustin hadelich, violin cantaloupe 2018
6:29 pm
david lang after sorrow mystery sonatas - augustin hadelich, violin cantaloupe 2018
6:34 pm
david lang before glory mystery sonatas - augustin hadelich, violin cantaloupe 2018
6:38 pm
david lang glory mystery sonatas - augustin hadelich, violin cantaloupe 2018
6:48 pm
kyle gann andromeda memories hyperchromatica other minds 2018
6:57 pm
conlon nancarrow study for player piano no 28 the complete studies for player piano