In 1988 Steve Reich wrote Different Trains, an innovative work in three movements for string quartet and pre-recorded tape. This autobiographical piece evokes the train journeys from New York to Los Angeles that the composer made between 1939 and 1942 to visit the homes of his divorced parents. In the second movement, the remembrance of these journeys as a romantic childhood adventure is overlaid by a contrafactual scenario exploring the likely fate of a Jew like him in the Europe of the time: the trains would have been one-way vehicles of deportation to the Nazi extermination camps. The final movement refers to the end of the war period and the rapid process of social transformation, as symbolized by the new trains, but also to the survivors’ inability to leave behind the doubts, anxieties and memories of the crimes and devastation of the Nazi regime.
Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 7
Reich, “Different Trains” for String Quartet, digital tape and film projection
Video Different Trains directed and edited by Beatriz Caravaggio
This concert is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Azrieli Foundation, and the Sir Jack Lyons Charitable Trust.
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Categories: Festival Concerts, Free Events
Starts: 2018-06-12 17:00:00