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David Gibson (cello) performs Bach, Dallapiccola, Feldman

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Space is limited, doors open at 6:30pm

Suggested donation $15

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Morton Feldman, Projection #1 graphic score (1950)

Fridman Gallery is honored to present cellist David Gibson in concert. Gibson will perform compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Luigi Dallapiccola, and Morton Feldman. 

The manuscript copy by Bach’s wife, Anna Magdalena Bach, of the six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello is the only contemporary version that we have of these remarkable pieces. Written c. 1723, they have remained central to the cello repertoire for all of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are singular in their simplicity, but also in their emphasis on a diversity of articulations (bowings) of repeated musical phrasings.

Luigi Dallapiccola wrote Ciaconne, Intermezzo e Adagio in Florence, Italy in September, 1945. That summer was the liberation from Nazi occupation during World War II. This piece is very much about the feelings of these times, as some of the performance instructions suggest with words like: fugge vole (start to run), scomparendo (disappear), solemne (solemn), vago (foggy), violento (violent), freddo (cold), spettrale (ghost), ruvido (rude, rough), visionario (vision), tenero (tender), and scorre vole (sliding).

Morton Feldman’s Projection #1 dates from 1950. It is the first piece of music (some believe) written with a graphic score and is clearly an early representation of the minimalist tradition.

David Gibson has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe and is known for his interpretations of wide-ranging musical styles, from the Baroque to the most contemporary. Considered a specialist in the avant-garde, Gibson has premiered music by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Lukas Foss, Phill Niblock, David Behrman, Julius Eastman, Mary Jane Leach, Joel Chadabe, Harley Gabor, Ornette Coleman, Amy Williams, Yungwha Son, and others. David Behrman’s “From the Other Ocean” for Lovely Records was on the New York Times 1984 list of the year’s ten best.

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