Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Frederic Rzewski

I've never seen Frederic Rzewski, even though he was very active as a guiding artist at CMS, especially in the early years. Our paths just never crossed. And, strangely enough, he is just one of those figures who I thought I'd never hear and never see perform.

Well, thanks to the wonders of YouTube, there are at least snippets available and opportunities to see and hear others play and talk about his music.

Here's a very nice little bit with pianist Sara Cahill talking about Rzewski and giving us some samples. (So disappointed, though, that she suggests that Rzewski wrote "Down by the Riverside.")



And here's the man, himself.



Here's probably as good a place as any to start to learn more about him.

1 comment:

Sarah Cahill said...

You have a great blog, and thanks for mentioning the video on You Tube. I really didn't mean to imply that Rzewski wrote "Down By the Riverside." It's such a well-known song that I assumed everyone knows the original, and that this is Rzewski's own free arrangement. Sorry for the misunderstanding.