US composer Derek Bermel is in Bavaria this month, where he is composer-in-residence at the prestigious Classix-Kempten festival of chamber music Read more
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‘… represents the confluence of two main-streams – the romantic-modern waters that originated in Europe and the blues-jazz-gospel waters that flowed from African American communities. The most striking and pervasive effect in the piece is the use of sliding notes, or quartertones, to emulate the vocal inflections of African American music. But “effect” isn't quite the right term because these inflections are not separable, conceptually or compositionally, from the core musical ideas: Bermel’s Read more
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