Time Curve

26 Dec 2009
Posted by timecurve

I've noticed that renewed interest in my Time Curve Preludes runs in 10-year cycles. They were finished in 1978, and premiered and recorded by Neely Bruce shortly after that. A decade later, in 1988, Oscar Pizzo played them in Italy and Beatriz Roman in Brazil. Ten years after that, Judith Gordon played them at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston and also in New York's Merkin Hall. Now, ten years later, Bruce Brubaker's recording of Book I for Arabesque Records, called Time Curve, is out. (He paired it with Phil Glass's Etudes.) Bruce's recording appeared this past June, complete with a record release performance at Le Possion Rouge in New York, but Nora and I were already in Australia by then and didn't get to go. At the time, I was giving seminars on the Preludes at both the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University in Wellington, and the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.

If you'd like to know more about the Time Curve CD, you can read Andrea Shea's piece for Boston's NPR station, WBUR, or read a review in Inactuelles. Both have videos of Bruce discussing the weights he placed on the keys to create drones. That video is also on YouTube.