THINGS IN PAIRS was conceived as a collection of works that transcend time and place, defying our preconceived notions of what belongs next to what, and connected by elements of duality, dialogue, and communication. The most quintessential pairings in life bring either complimentary or opposing items together to form something new and meaningful. What this album explores is the vastness in which music creates its own pairings and the unexpected ways in which we can experience that across a particular program; a musical world where the old and new, solo and collaborative, silence and conversation all form a balance of ideas and a freshness of perspective.
Much thought was put into the order of tracks on this album, for how we curate a musical program can have a deep impact on one’s perception of any single work and the relationship between multiple works. In stringing together a narrative across the entire album that also brings attention to individual pairs of works, the listening experience is engaging and immersive. Alternatively, one may choose to listen to any of the following Suggested Alternate Track Pairings for an abridged listening experience, or create new pairings of their own, in order to hear this music in a new light.
2. Balancing on the Edge of Shadows / 5. Fratres
This pairing of the two works on the album written by living composers highlights music that expresses duality. Here, nothing exists without a counterpart. The listener is suspended in the fragile balance of opposites.
1. Passacaglia / 6. Beethoven: I. “Allegro moderato”
This pairing is all about conversation. From an internal, searching narrative to an intimate exchange between friends, the concept of musical dialogue is explored in its many forms.
4. Saint-Georges: II. “Aria con Variatione” / 9. Beethoven: IV. “Poco allegretto”
Celebration of musical form comes to light in this pairing of theme and variation movements. In these two examples of one of the most fundamental musical structures, simplicity is the connective tissue that creates a sense of balance and delight.
Many thanks to Neil and JoAnn Ruther, Edward Manno Shumsky, and Susan D. Kronick, and the many other friends and family who donated so generously to the fundraising campaign for THINGS IN PAIRS.
– Audrey Wright