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ROMP!: Carter and Messiaen at 100

ROMP!’s music and lectures are woven together to enhance the listening experience and to help bring insight into the works of Carter and Messiaen.


Carter-Messiaen I
Jan. 25, Kaul Auditorium, 8 pm
Musical Conversation 7-7:30 pm

Charles Wuorinen
Arrangements of music by Thomas Morley and Josquin de Prez (written for Tashi, world première)

Olivier Messiaen
Petites equisses d´oiseaux for Piano (1985)

Elliott Carter
Figment II for Solo Cello, "Remembering Mr. Ives" (2001)

Elliott Carter
Gra for Solo Clarinet (1993)

Elliott Carter
Work for Solo Violin

Toru Takemitsu
Quatrain (written for Tashi, 1975)

Carter-Messiaen II
Jan. 26, Kaul Auditorium, 8 pm
Musical Conversation 7-7:30 pm

Charles Wuorinen
Josquin: Ave Christe (1988)

Elliott Carter
Intermittences for Solo Piano (written for Peter Serkin, 2005)

Elliott Carter
Catènaires for Solo Piano (2006, West coast première)

Elliott Carter
Con Leggrezza Pensosa, Trio for Violin, Cello and Clarinet (1990)

Olivier Messiaen
Quatour pour le fin du temps (1951)

Elliott Carter Docu-Concert: His Life in Words and Music
Jan. 27, Kaul Auditorium, 3 pm

The Carter-Messiaen Project concludes with this special focus on Elliott Carter in the form of a multimedia "docu-concert." Cellist Fred Sherry and two colleagues present this program, which features two pioneering sonatas interspersed with film clips interviewing Mr. Carter.

Elliott Carter
Sonata for Cello and Piano (1948)

Elliott Carter
Duo for Violin and Piano (1974)


What to listen for in Carter and Messiaen
Jan. 25, Psychology Auditorium, 4:30 pm

David Schiff, R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music at Reed College
Schiff is the composer of the opera Gimpel the Fool and many works for chamber ensembles and orchestra and the author of books about the music of Elliott Carter and George Gershwin. His articles on music have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, and The Times Literary Supplement.

Experiencing Time in Messiaen's ‘Quartet for the End of Time’
Jan. 26, Psychology Auditorium, 2 pm

Jann Pasler, professor of music UC San Diego, is a music scholar, documentary filmmaker, and pianist, and founder of the graduate program Critical Studies and Experimental Practices (CSEP). She has published on French music, contemporary American music, modernism, and postmodernism, recently completing Writing through Music (Oxford, 2007).

Carter and Messiaen: Contemporaneous Composers in Different Sound-Worlds
Jan. 26, Psychology Auditorium, 3 pm

Jonathan Bernard, professor of music theory, University of Washington
Bernard is the author of The Music of Edgard Varèse (Yale) and the editor of Elliott Carter: Collected Essays and Lectures, 1937 -- 1995 (University of Rochester Press). He served as editor of Music Theory Spectrum and has written extensively for scholarly journals on a wide variety of twentieth-century and recent music.

Playing with the masters: reminiscences of Carter and Messiaen
Jan. 27, Psychology Auditorium, 1 p.m.

Fred Sherry, cellist and artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Sherry has collaborated with such composers as Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Toru Takemitsu, and Aaron Copland, and is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Tashi.  His recording of Elliott Carter's Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra will soon be released.