Music for the Magic Theater

George Rochberg

Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

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Despite its title, Music for the Magic Theater, this is not a ?musical theater? piece. The impulses to compose the work in the way I did and my decision to call it what I did stem from entirely different sources than the ones which, as I understand them, motivate today?s ?musical theater? pieces.

If anything, the musical urge which produced ?The Magic Theater? had its roots long ago in my obsession with the many-layered density of human existence and the contradictory nature of all human experience. That, plus my increasing disbelief in the value of all unitary systems or methods of composing ?contemporary? music. The result, impossible for me to define technically, is a kind of sound-collage in which the past and present are quite literally juxtaposed. To do this, I have quoted Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Var

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation for the University of Chicago 75th Anniversary.
Composition Date 1965-1969
Duration 00:30:00
Orchestration 1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 1; Pno. Str.
Premiere January 24th, 1967. University of Chicago Contemporary Players, conduced by Ralph Shapey.


Act I: in which the present and the past are all mixed-up, and it is difficult to decide or to know where reality is
Act II: in which the past haunts us with its nostalgic beauty, and calls to us from the depths of inner spaces of heart and mind, b...

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