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Other Minds Festival:
OM 8, Concert 2: 06 “Quintuplets Play Pen: Homage to Ruth Crawford” by Pauline Oliveros

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 4 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds

Pauline Oliveros writes, "’Quintuplets Play Pen: For Ruth Crawford’ was composed in 2001 especially for Sarah Cahill after listening to her recording of pieces by Ruth Crawford Seeger. The piece was conceived mathematically using a 10 X 10 matrix of choices (- = half step or rest and + = whole step or play). The patterns derived remind me of Crawford's music-both her early work and her work with folk music."

Pianist Sarah Cahill describes this work as "a playful polyrhythmic dance. There are three layers of counterpoint: a bass line which rings out with help from the sostenuto pedal (Crawford was very fond of this particular pedal); steady staccato quintuplets; and a delicate melody in sixteenth notes. There are fifteen distinct sections, of ten measures each. I think of their individual characters like members of a dysfunctional family. The closing is virtuosic and difficult, with a surprise ending. Pauline remarked that the piece creates a kind of play pen for the ten fingers. I had insisted on a notated piece, since I can't improvise (or won't), and this is the wonderful result. The work is one of a group commissioned by me from various composers in 2001 to honor the centennial of composer and folklorist Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953)."

Musical Selections:  Quintuplets Play Pen: Homage to Ruth Crawford, for piano (2001) (3:42) / Pauline Oliveros
Performers:  Sarah Cahill, piano
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Music theory -- Mathematics; Piano music
People:  Oliveros, Pauline, 1932-2016; Cahill, Sarah
Recording Date:  3/8/2002
 
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