From the 2013 Tribeca New Music Festival, the cell, NYC.
The News was written for Tony de Mare and originally intended to be included as Rzewski's contribution to The Liasons Project in memory of Milton Babbitt, who was both Rzewski's and Sondheim's teacher early in their careers. It spins off of a fragment from the opening instrumental motif of the song I'm till Here from Follies and proceeds to manipuate the motive into a matrix of fleeting improvisatory and meditative statements. The opening brief text, created by Rzewski, serves as a reminder that "we're still here". In 2012, he created a more elaborate re-imagining of the same song, which is now his official entry in The Liason's Project. --- Anthony de Mare
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