I’ve been absorbing Brian Eno’s music for the past six years or so. I think of him as a major composer, one with two quite distinct sides: as an innovator who works in ambient and collage music, and as a quirky and crafty pop songwriter. It’s all interesting, but the really amazing things happen when these musical personalities overlap and wear away each others’ surfaces.
When Andrew Cyr asked me to write some music to pair with my piano concerto, Home Stretch, I immediately thought of the spacious, static opening section of the piece and the huge debt it owes to Eno’s harmonies and timbres. The result is a 19th-century style “orchestral paraphrase” on the subject of Eno’s music, focusing on the albums Before and After Science and Another Green World, with some Apollo by means of an introduction.
ListenTimo Andres: Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno
recorded live at Angel Orensanz Center by Ryan Streber, New York, NY, May 2010
performers Andrew Cyr, conductor; Metropolis Ensemble
19 pages, 11x17 format. Includes full score only. Parts are available for rental; please email email@example.com for a quote.
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