George Crumb's Black Angels and Loretta Notareschi's String Quartet OCD

George Crumb's Black Angels and Loretta Notareschi's String Quartet OCD

Tue, February 2, 2016

7:00 pm

$12.00

George Crumb's Black Angels and Loretta Notareschi's String Quartet OCD
George Crumb's Black Angels and Loretta Notareschi's String Quartet OCD
As part of our annual String Quartet Masterworks, The Playground is excited to present George Crumb's Black Angels

For more than fifty years, George Crumb has been captivating and intriguing audiences with his mysterious sound world. Written in 1970 and subtitled "thirteen images from the dark land for electric string quartet," Black Angels is one of Crumb's best-known works. The eerie effect of amplified strings in their registral and dynamic extremes is enhanced by various percussion instruments and experimental techniques. The quartet's three parts—Departure (fall from grace), Absence (spiritual annihilation), and Return (redemption)—tell of a painful but ultimately uplifting journey, and express the composer's reaction to the Vietnam War.

In the autobiographical tradition of the string quartet since the time of Beethoven, Loretta Notareschi's String Quartet OCD sketches the emotional landscape of the composer's experience with post-partum obsessive-compulsive disorder in the year following her daughter's birth. Post-partum OCD, which affects approximately 3 to 5% of mothers, is characterized by intense fear and anxiety, in response to which mothers develop repetitive coping behaviors. The first movement of String Quartet OCD, "Intruders," portrays the intrusive thoughts (obsessions) of the disease in all their suddenness and violence. The second movement, "You Must Think I'm Made of Candy Glass," explores the many forms the composer's compulsions took, including verbal and musical patterns that she required herself to repeat in her mind. The third movement, "Shame," expresses the grief and despair she felt. Finally, the fourth movement, "A Second Delivery," traces the jagged path of her recovery from the disease. Although String Quartet OCD dramatizes one person's personal experience with mental illness, it seeks to give voice to the universal fears of all people about our and our children's vulnerability in a dangerous world.

Now in its 10th Season, The Playground Ensemble, in Residence at Metro State University of Denver, is the Rocky Mountain Region's premier new music group. We are professional musicians, composers and fans dedicated to presenting chamber music as a living art form.
Venue Information:
Dazzle Jazz
930 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO, 80203
http://dazzlejazz.com/