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Elliot Cooper Cole
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1. If you could be an active composer in any other time period, when and why?
I would be an epic singer in a pre-literate society, with the entire history of my people memorized and ready.
2. Dog, cat, or goldfish?
I would rather eat a goldfish than a cat or a dog.
3. Would you rather…be in jail for a year or live in complete isolation in the mountains for a year?
Isolation -- absolutely.
My Sharona - The Knack
5. Who are 3 composers from the past -AND- 3 of your own generation whose music you respect, enjoy, inspires you, etc…
Past: Guillaume Machaut, Orlando di Lasso, Morton Feldman
Present: Chris Cerrone, Marc Chan, Ben Hjertmann
Elliot and I have only met a few times via Rice University. He was leaving Rice just as I was entering. He is now finishing a doctorate at Princeton.
I was simply intrigued by the title. And I am always very interested in what other composers do for strings. Elliot's Postludes for bowed vibraphone have been blowing up recently. I've heard several of them in live performances. If you are a percussionist or a group of percussionists - check them out. Looking through Elliot's works list it seems the Baroque and music history in general is a big influence.
The five movements in this piece are somewhat abrupt. After two listens, I'm still not convinced by the first movement (Prelude). It doesn't do it for me lyrically and formally it is somewhat odd with the repeating chord build up ending the movement (which I thought was the best part of the movement).
The inner movements 2 and 4 are both fast and exciting. Elliot's control of harmonic moments is really awesome. The second, third, fourth, and fifth movements all had harmonic moments that made me really close my eyes and revel in the gorgeous sonorities he produces with the ensemble.
The fifth movement (Postlude) is probably the one I connected to the most but, I thought the fourth movement was also very nice and the third movement (Interlude Burlesque) has a dance-like feel that makes it the highlighted, quirky center of the 5-movement scheme.
Further Listening: Three Wells (I really dug this piece)