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RZEWSKI, F.: People United will never be Defeated (The) (van Raat)

    

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RZEWSKI, F.: People United will never be Defeated (The) (van Raat)

The People United Will Never Be Defeated! by the left-wing composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski is a landmark in American piano literature. The work comprises 36 variations on a protest song of the same name by the Chilean composer Sergio Ortega. Almost every bar is laden with pianistic virtuosity, yet the listener is carried through some very complex music in a wholly natural way. The variations themselves all symbolize the different phases and aspects of a struggle: from angry, highly-energized modernism, via melancholic references to blues, calculated dense polyphony and nostalgic folk-music to written-out free jazz passages. Rzewski’s popular Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, written in 1979 as part of the set North American Ballads, forms a fitting counterpart.

Rzewski, Frederic

  The People United will never be Defeated
1.   The People United will never be Defeated 01:02:30
  4 North American Ballads: No. 4. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
2.   4 North American Ballads: No. 4. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues 00:10:35

Total Playing Time: 01:13:05






Composer(s):
Rzewski, Frederic

Artist(s):
van Raat, Ralph

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559360

Barcode: 0636943936023

Boxset: 8.505040

Physical Release: 03/2008

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