Frederic Rzewski is a great composer, with an unforgivable personality. He’s one of the most difficult people I’ve ever interviewed…arrogant, complex, & irascible. Yet we can be compelled by his insights (or at least some of them). His genius comes through, despite his personality and uncooperative grumpiness.
In this episode of American Highways, we hear the latest of the Keys of Change series – broadcasts about composers whose lives are charged with activism. The music is from Rzewski’s “People United” magnum opus, and is stunningly performed by my former student, Kai Schumacher.
(By the way, you too can pronounce “chef-ski”.)
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #113 KEYS of CHANGE: Composer Frederic Rzewski
Sounds About Right
Jingle for ConcertZender
Composed for CZ
Theme by Sergio Ortega, variations composed by Frederic Rzewski
Variations on “El Pueblo Unido jamas sera vencido!”
Kai Schumacher, pianist
Political theorist and marxist Herbert Marcuse
Rzewski’s mentor at Harvard, Jacob Taubes
WBAI in New York, a branch of Pacifica Radio
Lake Padden Park of Bellingham, Washington
Great piece, should be played more often. And very well performed, plus interesting interview. Thnx for putting it out there!
thanks, and so glad you liked this music – it’s still as exciting as when he wrote it!