In her “Phantom and Escapade” program, Rachel Lee Priday creates a unique tapestry of music that inhabits the space between dreams and reality, wherein lie rhapsodic visions, strange rituals, and hypnotic sounds. Encompassing a wide spectrum of twentieth-century styles, from the early avant garde (Satie’s exotic and inventive Gymnopedie No. 1) to holy minimalism (Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, or “Mirror in Mirror”), this program explores the edges of clarity. Bartók’s Violin Sonata No. 1 is suffused with the fiery, gypsy-like temperament of his muse, Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Aranyi, who was known for her frequent use of ouija boards to communicate with the spirits of dead composers. The Sonata’s wild power and feverish rhapsody are an anchor to the fantastical works that surround, from Kagel’s fascinating Klangwolfe to Rihm’s masterful Phantom und Eskapade.
Works to be performed on the “Phantom and Escapade” program include:
Wolfgang Rihm, Phantom und Eskapade
Mauricio Kagel, Klangwolfe (“Sound Wolves”)
Erik Satie, Gymnopedie No. 1 (arr. violin)
Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel
Béla Bartók, Violin Sonata No. 1