Boosey & Hawkes
Purcell Room, London
Carlos Salzedo, the extraordinary harpist, who was a member of the small group of modernists that surrounded Varese and Ives in the 1920's and 30's and has remained a memory which I cherish. His unusual developments in harp technique always seemed to me too infrequently explored in recent times. So in writing " Mosaic," commissioned by the Nash Ensemble, I decided to explore many of his exciting inventions to recall his friendship in the early 1930's.
The score is formed by many short mosaic-like tessera that I hope make one coordinated impression.
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"Carter went back into his own history for his six-minute Mosaic, a scintillating memory of his youthful friendship with the harp wizard Carlos Salzedo. First, a harp statement; then an instrumental response. But this bare structural design gives no indication of the playful humour, the jostling arpeggios and ingenious devices squeezed into its pages."
Happy Birthday, Elliott Carter! New Chamber Works
Swiss Chamber Soloists
Edition Vol. 2