Anna Clyne's Breathing Statues for the Calidore String Quartet

Statues of Beethoven can be found in dozens of cities worldwide, from Vienna and Bonn to St. Louis, Missouri; Tianjin, China; and Goa, India. As physical manifestations of the composer's enduring impact, these monuments exemplify his outsize stature in the global cultural imagination. In Breathing Statues, the British-born composer Anna Clyne honors Beethoven in a less earthbound manner. Clyne describes herself on her website as a "composer + collaborator;" many of her works are collective endeavors with artists working in other media, while others involve deep engagement with the work of figures from the past. Here, she is inspired by Beethoven and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

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Jessie Montgomery's Sergeant McCauley premiered by Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet (co-commission with The Sphnix Organization)

Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet joined forces to perform the world premiere of Sergeant McCauley, a work by Catalyst violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery. The composition is inspired by the Great Migration of African Americans, during the early to middle twentieth century, from the perspective of Montgomery's great-grandfather William McCauley. The full program brought together spirituals and work songs that reflect her ancestor's route from Mississippi through the West, north to the Dakotas, and eventually south to Georgia.

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Sergeant McCauley

Composer: Jessie Montgomery

Instrumentation: string quartet and wind quintet

Duration: 14
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Breathing Statues

Composer: Anna Clyne

Instrumentation: string quartet

Duration: 19
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