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The language of my music is more dissonant than that found in my 19th-century counterparts.  I find this to be one of my more ‘objective’ traits, along with my scores. being programmatic. I hope that will not lead the listener to conclude that my aim was an inexpressive one...

The language of my music is more dissonant than that found in my 19th-century counterparts. I find this to be one of my more ‘objective’ traits, along with my scores. being programmatic. I hope that will not lead the listener to conclude that my aim was an inexpressive one... ...

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Polijabber, at times, sounds like a cross between King Crimson and Edgar Varèse.  The harsh meter and abrupt tempo changes allow for the “churning” and swaying of a full orchestra — almost nauseating, the music becomes.  There are striking multi-measure rhythmic unisons where the pitches themselves are a whole-step apart — or sometimes a minor-third apart between the woodwinds and strings. By the end of the movement, the goal is to have the listener very unsettled by the last 4 1/2 minutes they just experienced.  I give them relief in the 3rd movement.  More tomorrow.

Polijabber, at times, sounds like a cross between King Crimson and Edgar Varèse. The harsh meter and abrupt tempo changes allow for the “churning” and swaying of a full orchestra — almost nauseating, the music becomes. There are striking multi-measure rhythmic unisons where the pitches themselves are a whole-step apart — or sometimes a minor-third apart between the woodwinds and strings. By the end of the movement, the goal is to have the listener very unsettled by the last 4 1/2 minutes they just experienced. I give them relief in the 3rd movement. More tomorrow. ...

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Movement II of Poem for American Acrimony is entitled Polijabber. The word Polijabber is mine — it’s a full-word abbreviation for “political jabbering.” The goal of the piece is to suggest that political acrimony starts with little bits of dialog jabs, evolves into a constancy of non-listening brashness, and ends with jarring rhythms and harsh tonality.  The motifs such as they begin in the woodwinds, as the mallet percussion keeps the continuous pulse in 5/4. ⠀
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As of the date of the “Poem” World Premiere in February 2020, Polijabber is the most complex piece, rhythmically and harmonically, that I have composed.⠀
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Movement II of Poem for American Acrimony is entitled Polijabber. The word Polijabber is mine — it’s a full-word abbreviation for “political jabbering.” The goal of the piece is to suggest that political acrimony starts with little bits of dialog jabs, evolves into a constancy of non-listening brashness, and ends with jarring rhythms and harsh tonality. The motifs such as they begin in the woodwinds, as the mallet percussion keeps the continuous pulse in 5/4. ⠀

As of the date of the “Poem” World Premiere in February 2020, Polijabber is the most complex piece, rhythmically and harmonically, that I have composed.⠀

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In what is now the greatest musical event of my lifetime (as a fan, not as a composer), last night’s King Crimson concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville was one for the ages. I had purchased the Royal Fan Package, which gave me an early-access tour of the facility, a 20-minute lecture by leader Robert Fripp on the band's history, an unreleased CD, a fully autographed program, meeting three of the band members and asking them in-person questions, and sitting literally on a folding chair within 15 inches of the stage.
I hope each of you has this opportunity with one of your favorite bands. It’s been 52 years since I bought their first album at age 14. Without a doubt, Music is Our Friend.
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Here is a last-minute reminder: My String Quartet no. 1 premieres this weekend at the Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest, on TONIGHT and the Fred Astaire Ballroom in Long Grove tomorrow night. Both performances will be at 7 pm. We hope you will join us for a terrific night!

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