|Sneezes, Hiccups, Laughs and a Chamber Group|
|By Steve Smith
The New York Times
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
"Suggesting that advances in technology have had an impact on classical music is stating what has long been obvious. As the piano was improved, Beethoven and Chopin produced works that tapped into its new possibilities. Novel implements afforded further expressive potential: Ravel’s saxophone, Strauss’s wind machine, Respighi’s phonograph and Varèse’s magnetic tape. The sampling keyboard, which can digitally reproduce any sound, was a revolution unto itself.
"Bearing all that in mind, you could still be amused by imagining Sebastian Currier scouring special-effects libraries on the Internet to find just the right sneeze for “Bodymusic,” a witty, imaginative new piece presented by the Argento Chamber Ensemble during a Composer Portrait concert at the Miller Theater on Friday evening."
Click here to read the full review, and here for more information about the final Composer Portrait of the 2009-2010 season—a 75th Birthday Celebration for German composer Helmut Lachenmann.
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