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Tower, Joan (1938-)
Tres Lent (Hommage a Messiaen) for cello, piano

Tres Lent (Hommage a Messiaen)


May 13, 2002

Christopher Costanza, Cello
Joan Tower, Piano

TOWER - Tres Lent

Composed in 1994

Joan Tower comments on her Tres Lent

Tres Lent was written as an homage to Olivier Messiaen, particularly to his Quartet for the End of Time, which had a special influence on my work. When I was the pianist for the Da Capo Chamber Players, we frequently performed Messiaen's quartet over a seven-year period. During this time, I grew to love the many risks Messiaen took— particularly the use of very slow "time," both in tempo and in the flow of ideas and events. Tres Lent is my attempt to make "slow" music work.

Performance date: May 13, 2002 (MCA)

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