Other Minds Festivals ➔ Other Minds Festival: OM 9: Concert 3, 3 of 4

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Event Type
Other Minds
Program Series
Other Minds Festival
Program Length
121 min
3 of 4
2003-03-07 | created
Third concert of the 9th Other Minds Festival. March 7, 2003. 8:00pm. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA. Second half, Pt. 1 with Jack Body.

Jack Body: Sarajevo for piano (1996) (U.S Premiere)
This work was written at the invitation of the New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun, who premiered it at the 1996 International Festival of Arts in Wellington. Sarajevo is a reflection on the horrors and futility of the Bosnian war and was partly inspired by my seeing Emir Kausturica’s film ‘Underground’. The film exposes the war’s cruel manipulation of ethnic, religious and nationalistic sentiments.
The first movement, called “Remembering...imperfectly,” is based on the idea of “selective memory,” how the past is often recollected selectively to suit one’s present imperatives. I have created a quasi-folksong (played with the right hand thumb) with a kind of plucked instrument accompaniment. The melody re-cycles round and round, always in fragmentary form, each time with different sections “erased.” Flourishes and ppp staccato chords provide a background, sometimes beautiful, sometimes
ominous. The movement is static, time suspended before the storm. The second movement’s title,
“Totentanz,” is the dance of death, evoking a genre popular in medieval poetry, painting, and music that depicts Death dancing with its prospective victim. It also conjures up the grotesque and violent fury that inspires young men to kill and be killed in war. Liszt wrote a Totentanz for piano and orchestra, but I also had in mind the fourth of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death as well as Durer’s vivid print of The Knight, Death, and the Devil. The last movement, “Lachrymae,” is a lament, but like much of the traditional music of the Balkans, without self-pity, as much in anger as sorrow.


Sarah Cahill, piano

Three Sentimental Songs for piano and percussion trio (2000-01) (Word Premiere)
This set for piano and percussion trio is among a number of arrangements of old songs I have made, chosen from an old “community song book” that was used in our home when I was a child, with my grandmother singing and myself playing the piano. (The other sets are scored for piano solo, voice and piano, and voice and ensemble). Perhaps there always comes a time in one’s life when one can no longer resist the power of nostalgia and sentimentality...but in submitting to it, we can discover a beauty and freshness that was not previously apparent....The songs are:
1. Daisy Bell
2. Little Brown Jug
3. All through the Night *

Sarah Cahill, piano; The Other Minds Ensemble- Joel Davel, Chris Froh and Ward Spangler,

[Notes taken from original printed program. * Body’s Sentimental Songs order was changed the day of. The program originally listed the order as: Daisy Bell, All through the Night, Little Brown Jug.]

Note: Due to original recording and/or condition when digitized: audio cuts in and out and other audio errors throughout.
Musical Selections
Sarajevo (1996) / Jack Body [U.S.premiere] ---- Three Sentimental Songs for piano and percussion trio (2000-01) / Jack Body {World premiere]
Sarah Cahill, piano
The Other Minds Ensemble:
Chris Froh, percussion
Ward Spangler, percussion
Joel Davel, percussion
Piano music
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