How long is a piece of music? We don’t usually think of the duration of a piece of music as its most important feature. Most composers want us to pay attention to their use of melody, or harmony, or color, or form. But there are pieces that get their power from how short or how long they are, and composers have to do things differently to make us notice that the foreground of a piece is the time it takes to play it. The Flux quartet plays Stravinsky’s early Three Pieces—a complete and revolutionary work in three movements that only lasts 4 minutes—and is joined by pianist Vicki Ray in Morton Feldman’s lush, delicate, 80 minute-long Piano and String Quartet.
This concert is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Please note that performances are not suitable for children under the age of eight.