Our next commission arrived! G. Douglas Barrett’s “Everything is purged from this composition but Melody, no ideas have entered this work (x100)”

We are extremely excited to have received G. Douglas Barrett’s new piece for our Listen/Space Commissions.

Several years ago at Listen/Space in Brooklyn, Doug floored us by sending a piece of music fully finished for a small chamber group, and after the performance, he transcribed the performance for a whole new set of players to perform the next night.   The resulting new piece included sounds of doors opening and closing, audience rustlings, applause, all of it, inside the musical composition.  This cycle went on and on, through several iterations of pieces, much like the telephone game.  And the music was beautiful.

Doug’s new piece for our commissions is called “Everything is purged from this composition but Melody, no ideas have entered this work”.  In the score Doug tells us it is based on American artist John Baldessari’s 1966-8 painting Everything is purged from this painting but art, no ideas have entered this work.

It looks like we will have 100 times to get this phrase right.  And with a 9 piece ensemble, that will be thrilling!

Here is an excerpt of some of Doug’s past work:  https://vimeo.com/38469361#email

More about Doug here: http://www.gdouglasbarrett.com/

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