Cadenza Ingannata

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Composed in 1978 for pianist William Koseluk, Cadenza Ingannata (12 erotic pieces after titles by Rip Cohen) is a set of 12 variations on a 12-tone row. Poet Rip Cohen gave me 12 erotic titles before I composed the pieces (for example "Straining Thighs," and "The Rhythm of Your Pride"). The row is created so that-when it is used strictly-rising and falling tritones and perfect fourths create a rugged sound (as in the variation "Jagged Splendor"). When the row is used in permutation (every other note) a series of stepwise modes emerge that are seperated into all white notes and all black notes. When these modes are jaxtaposed, a bitonal, luminous effect creates resonance (as in the variation "Softer than the Mist"). There is no theme before variation one, rather the row is presented in a melody and accompaniment texture at the very beginning of the piece.

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Selected Performances

Pianist William Koseluk has performed Cadenza Ingannata several times. The premiere was in 1978 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on a Prisms concert.

© John Carbon 2015