Ivan Nylander - Skordatura
I have chosen the fifth suite because of how dramatically it begins. The first movement starts with an overture-like introduction with grand gestures, dramatic intervals, and dissonant chords, followed by a modest but adventurous fugue. The suite is in C minor and is written for a cello with the top string tuned down a whole step. Scordatura is Italian for "retuning" or "mistuning." I can barely get down to the lowest notes.
In the Prelude, I hear the opening phase of the concert situation. It can be a stressful situation. I'm good at playing it cool, but I never really know what might happen. The Prelude is the movement through which I throw myself into the project.
The overture is one thing. I can ride its theatrical wave. The real test is the fugue, which, in its anti-theatrical modesty, demands greater enthusiasm.
MFA Degree exhibition & performance:
Friday 12 August, 7 pm
Wednesday 17 August, 5 pm
Saturday 20 August, 3 pm
Thursday 25 August, 5 pm
Saturday 27 August, 3 pm