Mark your calendars! I am playing the ORIGINAL 1936 manuscript of Density 21.5 (very different from the piece you all know!) on a beautiful BURKART PLATINUM FLUTE for this FREE online performance/discussion on November 5 at 7:30pm Eastern Time! This original version of the piece has not been performed since Georges Barrère performed it over 70 years ago!
The Evolution of Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5
A comparative analysis of the 1936 (original) and 1946 (now-standard) edition of Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5. With flutist Molly Barth and Sacher Foundation scholar Felix Meyer. Moderated by Nancy Toff.
What a winter, and now spring is in the earth in Nashville! Tulips and daffodils are in bloom, and the sun feels warm.
Returning for a brief 3-month period to the post I held for a decade as the flutist with Eighth Blackbird is a joy. What fun new repertoire for me to perform, and with incredible musicians with whom I started working while we were Oberlin students 27 years ago!
And after each performance, I am always eager to return to the Blair School of Music. The students at Blair are some of the most creative, entrepreneurial, and collegial people in the world, and I have the incredible privilege of working with them!
Molly Barth, the group’s founding flutist, will perform for concerts in 2020, when Nathalie Joachim completes her tenure. Five of the sextet’s founding members, along with Zach Good on clarinet, will play Jennifer Higdon’s On a Wire in March at the Oregon Music Festival!
It’s an auspicious honor to have a piece of music named after you. Flutist Molly Barth would know, and she’ll also tell you that the idea to include a name comes from the composer, not the title-character.
CPE Bach: Flute Sonata in A Minor – Adagio, Allegro, Allegro