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NEC Philharmonia, Wolff / Robison / Barber, Kirchner, Schubert
Boston, Massachusetts
Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 8:00 PM
Ensemble: NEC Philharmonia
Conductor: Hugh Wolff
Tonight's performance of the Kirchner "Music for Flute and Orchestra" is the world premiere of the restored version of this 1978 work.

Creating this performing version, which restores much of the composer's original thoughts, has been a labor of love by the dedicatee Paula Robison, and conductor Hugh Wolff. Robison offers this description:

Leon Kirchner! A great composer, a charming and unpredictable man! Maddening often: he could not seem to finish a piece; he was always going back to change something, to try and find a way for the music to express the inexpressible, to put into a phrase the undulations, the shimmering, the mystery of a lush green forest! This, combined with a constantly probing intellect. This, combined with a wish, during the strongest reign of serial music, to preserve the curves of a phrase, the elegance of a line. The year was 1978. I had commissioned “Music for Flute and Orchestra” and the premiere was only a month away. The piece was not finished. I called Leon every day: “Hello, Leon! Are you working?” “Oh Paula…” was the constant response, in the stressed-composer tone of voice. Then suddenly one day: “Paula! Paula! Listen!” and he played for me the stunningly beautiful opening bars, the simple pentatonic flute theme followed by a rush of orchestral sound and an explosion of color in the percussion. I was in heaven. My piece was born. Now, so many years later, it will be reborn, thanks to David Flachs at G.Schirmer who is supervising the engraving of a legible score (Leon Kirchner never made one) and the amazing Hugh Wolff who is bringing light to every bar. I cannot wait!
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