Clarence Barlow (DE) – quarantasette estratti da un vicolo ludofilo
Clarence Barlow about “quarantasette estratti da un vicolo ludofilo”:
“Beethoven”, “Sonatas”, “E-flat”, in that order, were the first terms that came to mind for Susanne Kessel’s piece. Beethoven wrote four sonatas in E-flat major.
47 harmonically selected excerpts of varying lengths from these four sonatas – Nos. 4, 13, 18 and 26 – constitute the sound material for the resulting piece «quarantasette estratti da un vicolo ludofilo» or “forty-seven excerpts from a playful alley” («ludo» and «vico» yield the Italian form «ludovico» of “Ludwig”, «es» is German for E-flat major).
The two-part piece – one part slow, one fast – of under two minutes is characterized by successive harmonically dovetailed links: the end of each excerpt harmonizes with the usually overlapping start of the next.
At the end, the final bars of all four sonata movements sound simultaneously.
“quarantasette estratti da un vicolo ludofilo” – in concert:
11th September 2020 – world premiere – Kammermusiksaal Beethoven-Haus Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano
Clarence Barlow (*1945)
1945 born into Calcutta’s English-speaking minority
1951-65 piano studies
1957 first compositions
1961-65 Science studies, University of Calcutta
1965-68 concert pianist, 1967-68 conductor
1968-73 studied composition/electronic music at Cologne Music University
1971-72 Sonology studies at Utrecht University
Since 1971 composition with computers
Computer Music Lecturer 1982-94: Darmstadt Summer Courses, 1984-2006: Cologne Music University
1982 Initiator, 1986 Co-founder of GIMIK: Initiative Music and Informatics Cologne
1988 Music Director, XIVth International Computer Music Conference, Cologne
1990 visiting professor, Folkwang University Essen
1990-94 Artistic Director, Department of Sonology The Hague
1994-2006 Professor of Composition and Sonology ibid
2005-06 Visiting Professor, ESMAE Porto
2006-19 Professor and Head of Composition, Music Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara
Since 2018 Visiting professor, ESMUC Barcelona
Lives now in Barcelona.