A New Song of Many Faces for In These Times

Malcolm Goldstein

A New Song of Many Faces for In These Times has been performed in Aarau, Berlin, Bludenz, Cologne, Edenkoben, Eppan, Graz, Jonquière, Montréal, Oldenburg, Schreyahn, Vancouver, Victoria and Vienna…

The string quartet is a linear structure af variations, completed by an extensive coda; four aspects - I. a gently flowing song; II. a brutal song; III. an agitated song; IV. a song of inner vision that are variant perspectives of a song which is itself never heard, each rendered by one of the instrumentalists in sequence. (The “song” itself can be thought/imagined as a composite of these four variations, perhaps only to be perceived by its numerous aspects.) They are responded to with a coda consisting of a melody (source originally being a hymn tune, “The Sweet Bye and Bye”, that was transformed by Joe Hill’s words into an IWW song, “The Preacher and the Slave”), along with source materials from Ives and Beethoven, that leave the door open for questions. A more complete title of the piece might me: “A New Song of many faces for In These Times, with a coda, the Same Old Song needed to be heard again and again”. The music is a structured improvisation composition. The overall structure, as well as the process within each song, is preset and performance materials and techniques are clearly outlined. The element of improvisation then becomes the process through which all of the musical materials are realized by each of the musicians, moment to moment, in their own way within the framework of the composition.

This music was made possible by a commission from Qatuor Bozzini, with a grant support from the Canada Councll for the Arts.

Malcolm Goldstein

Premiere

  • May 2, 2002, Bozzini QuartetConcert, La Chapelle — scènes contemporaines, Montréal (Québec)

A New Song of Many Faces for In These Times

  • Malcolm Goldstein
  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Duration: 19:03
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
  • Commission: Quatuor Bozzini

Movements

On disc

Concerts

2 May 2002
Série QB
BlaisGoldstein
Montréal (Québec)
26 Sept 2002
GodinGoldsteinOesterleVivier
Berlin (Germany)
27 Sept 2002
GodinGoldsteinOesterleVivier
Schreyahn (Germany)
15 Marc 2005
8:30 pm
GoldsteinOesterleVivier
Montréal (Québec)
21 May 2005
BarryGoldsteinOesterleReich
Jonquière (Québec)
7 Marc 2006
7:30 pm
FreyGoldstein
Aarau (Switzerland)
13 Marc 2006
7:00 pm
GoldsteinOesterleVivierWilliams
Cologne (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)
19 Marc 2006
5:00 pm
GoldsteinOesterleTenneyVivier
Edenkoben (Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)
30 Sept 2006
8:00 pm
ArnoldGoldsteinLaporteTenney
Berlin (Germany)
26 Sept 2007
8:30 pm
CrumbGoldsteinOesterleVivier
Eppan (Italy)
28 Sept 2007
7:00 pm
GoldsteinOesterleVivier
Berlin (Germany)
6 Nove 2007
8:00 pm
GoldsteinOesterleUnderhillVivier
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
9 Nove 2007
GoldsteinOesterleTenneyVivier
Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
3 June 2008
8:00 pm
DeromeGoldsteinHétu
Montréal (Québec)
16 Nove 2008
8:00 pm
GoldsteinTenneyVoorvelt
Graz (Austria)
17 Nove 2008
DeromeGoldsteinHétu
Vienna (Austria)
28 Nove 2008
AshleyBielClementiGoldsteinSzlavnics
Bludenz (Austria)
27 Febr 2010
2:30 pm
GoldsteinKondoTenney
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
12 May 2010
8:00 pm
GoldsteinJamiesonMartinTenneyTremblay
Oldenburg (Niedersachsen, Germany)