Musiqa will perform Wet Ink by composer Laura Schwendinger, as a part of The White Album, January 7, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall.
Wet Ink was commissioned by the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, when I was a faculty composer at the 2014 conference. It is a short work that falls roughly into an ABA’ form, with the first section lead by the clarinet singing a plaintiff, soaring line above a hymn-like, homophonic accompaniment. In the second section the lines are more active, contrapuntal and rhythmically playful. In the last section the singing material in the clarinet from the opening returns and once again soars above rich string harmonies and ends the work with a majestic high note.
About Laura Schwendinger
The first composer to win the American Academy in Berlin Prize, Laura Schwendinger is a Professor of Composition at UW Madison. Her music has been performed by Dawn Upshaw, Arditti and JACK Quartets, Jennifer Koh, New Juilliard Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Aspen Ensemble, and at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln-Center, Times Center, Symphony Space, and Tanglewood, Aspen and Ojai Music Festivals. Her honors include a Guggenheim, Koussevitzky (2), Fromm, Radcliffe Institute, Copland House, Harvard Musical Association, Chamber Music America, League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.