|Spiral Form and Other Compositional Modes of Fred Lerdahl|
|by Vivien Schweitzer
The New York Times
November 21, 2010
"The engaging Composer Portraits series at the Miller Theater has highlighted the work of a wide range of composers, from the up and coming to the legendary. On Friday evening the spotlight was on Fred Lerdahl, a professor at Columbia University...In “Time After Time” (2000), which opened the program, Mr. Lerdahl incorporated what he calls a spiral form, in which a simple and stable musical idea is expanded on. The excellent Argento Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Michel Galante, illuminated the intricacies of the kaleidoscopic first movement, with its colorful trills and rapidly descending motifs...The Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen was the fine soloist in the American premiere of “There and Back Again” (2010), a short work that Mr. Lerdahl composed as a 50th-birthday present for Mr. Karttunen..."(Read more)
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Photo by Kate Glicksberg for The New York Times - Michel Galante conducts Anssi Karttunen, cellist, and members of the Argento Chamber Ensemble