Episode 8: Ricercar

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Episode 8: Ricercar

February 25, 2021, 7pm

Ricercar (2015) 10’

Linda Catlin Smith (CA), composer

Paul Widner (CA), cello

Paul Widner has been a core member of Continuum’s ensemble since its creation in 1985, and here by his own request and introduced by composer Linda Smith, he performs Ricercar (originally written for baroque cello) on the modern cello.

“I love the sound of the Baroque cello, so I was very excited to write a piece for Elinor Frey, (commissioned by Daniel Cooper). I think of this piece as a melody in search of its harmony. The first part of the work explores a dance-like line; later the melody is lost into a place of utter spareness and stillness “almost like coming to terms with one’s innermost qualities“ and later again there is the appearance of a melodic chain of rich chords. My thanks go to Elinor Frey for suggesting the title (the word Ricercar means to search out), and for her beautiful interpretation of my music.” – Linda C. Smith

Episode 8: Ricercar

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