This Sunday at 5 PM EST, I am joining Miranda Cuckson and the American Composers Orchestra in Connecting ACO Community, an initiative where composers write pieces for solo performers.
“Tempo giusto” is a 19th-century term asking for a reasonably clear beat. One of the translations from the Italian is, “At the right time.” My piece is part fantasy and part hoedown. The fiddler is encouraged to treat the work as expressively as Bach or Ysaÿe; rubato and extremes of dynamics are perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, as long as those theatrics happen at the right time.
Miranda is a friend and also a truly great artist; when she played me Tempo Guisto for me over FaceTime I was thrilled to my very core. She has edited the work to make it more violinistic.
We kick off this ACO series on Sunday the 19th; the collaborations continue through May with truly an all-star line-up of composers and performers.
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