Track of the Month: July
WORKS BY DAVID L. POST, "An original American voice." — Lukas Foss
The piece you hear is Fantasia on a Virtual Chorale, a TMF commission by contemporary American composer David L. Post, performed by the Hawthorne String Quartet. It is inspired, Post says, by "the wonderful, haunting Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale 'Saint Wenceslas' of Josef Suk, . . . a signature piece and a well-loved symbol of unity and comfort for the Czech people during wartime." (Pavel Haas also took inspiration from Suk's Chorale for his String Quartet No. 3, written in response to the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia and among the last pieces he composed before his transport to Terezin.)
David Post describes this work: "Well before any point of arrival is reached, the listener is confronted with swirling bits and pieces, motives and intervals that are part of the chorale but which collide and ricochet off each other, at times seeming to land and form a well-behaved cadence, but remain unsettled until the very end, when the fragments coalesce and the chorale finally emerges. But its appearance is cut short abruptly, and before it can establish itself completely it begins to disintegrate and soon vanishes into silence."
Listen to more music by David Post:
String Quartet No. 2 is performed here by the Hawthorne String Quartet, recorded live at the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle in 2002 at a benefit concert organized by TMF Director Mark Ludwig for relief after tragic floods devastated Prague and the Czech countryside. Here are two lively movements:
Here is David Post's String Quartet No. 3, performed by the Hawthorne String Quartet.
Here is the third movement from Post's String Quartet No. 4, "Three photographs of Abelardo Morel" (2005), performed by the Hawthorne String Quartet. The image that inspired this movement is Morel's "Map in Sink," below.
Happy 70th Birthday,