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Mathias Wexler's performance recorded under the auspices of Composers Ensemble
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"In July of 1998 in Oslo's Frogner Park, I suddenly saw a group of
athletes weave through the crowd, improvising leaps and pirouettes on
roller skates. The impressions I formed of the contrast between their
Dionysian, athletic art and the more Apollonian, static art of
Vigeland's hundreds of sculptures reminded me of the contrasts in the
intensely athletic yet strictly constructed improvisatory melodies of
sitarist Ali Akhbar Khan and others. In 2002, I drew upon these
notions to write this virtuoso showpiece for solo cello."
--Matthew H. Fields
Year of Composition
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