SONGS FOR CROSSING THE THRESHOLD
In the 6th Century B.C.E., the philosopher Heraclitus wrote that “after death comes nothing hoped for nor imagined.” The contemplation of what happens after life ends dates back to time immemorial. In our second program of our season, we pair the eschatological visions of two unlikely kindred spirits, Salvatore Sciarrino and Gérard Grisey. Sciarrino’s Un fruscio lungo trent’anni (A Long, Rustling Thirty Years), written over the span of three decades, represents the composer’s quest to develop his idiosyncratic and iconic style. In Le Voci Sottovetro (The Voices Under Glass), Sciarrino creates ‘elaborations’ of works by the Renaissance’s most notorious composer, Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venice. Finally, we will present the LA premiere of Grisey’s magnum opus, Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil (Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold), meditations on texts from ancient and modern poets, Egyptian sarcophagi and the Epic of Gilgamesh, written in the year preceding the composer’s own untimely death.