Language Instruction


chamber ensemble of four players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
cl - pno - vln.vlc
Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for a consortium of: Contrasts Quartet; Present Music; Auros Group for New Music; Mallarmé Chamber Players; SOLI Chamber Ensemble
First Performance
1.12.03, Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY, USA: Contrasts Quartet

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'Language Instruction' reviews

‘… an amusing full ensemble work based on the rhythms and gestures of language tapes. The clarinet was, in effect, the voice on the tape, and the other instruments were the students – variously willing or difficult, competent or bumbling – who must repeat the phrases. Mr. Bermel spins this interaction into an increasingly chaotic fantasy that would have been perfectly at home on a program with Berio’s Sequenza III .' The New York Times (Allan Kozinn), 8 December 2003 Read more

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