FANTASY MANUAL FOR URBAN SURVIVAL

Composer: 

Alternate Title: 

FANTASY MANUAL FOR URBAN SURVIVAL

Print Edition Price: 

$59.50 oversize score
$149.50 - 3 scores for performance

Year Authored (or revised): 

1972

Scoring: 

alto flute, prepared piano, cello

Duration (min): 

40

Text Source/Author: 

Hälfte des Lebens - F. Hölderlin - spoken by the players in German during the performance. English translation in score and for program notes use, copyright by the composer.

First Performance: 

New England Conservatory 1972

Note about this piece from Robert Stallman, flutist: "I well remember our Jordan Hall performance, now almost 40 years later (!). . . Herman Weiss playing inside the prepared Steinway grand, and the eloquent Jay Humeston singing and playing cello. Each page of Burr's manuscript is a visual work of art and deserves to grace an art museum wall. When I recently heard a tape of our performance, it seemed incredible that three instruments could create such a rich landscape of tone color and atmosphere, or that we could have managed to perform this extremely demanding piece at all. As it turned out, Burr's "Fantasy Manual" got a very positive review in the Boston Globe. Gunther Schuller (composer and president of NEC) was in the audience and greeted Burr and the three of us excitedly on stage after the performance. Now I am looking forward to returning to NEC to hear the April [2012] "revival" performance of this original and evocative work.

Ensemble Type: 

duo or ensemble+ keyboard
instrumental trio
Instrumentalist(s) speak or perform text

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Listening Sample: 

Internal Fields

Instrument: 

alto flute
prepared piano
cello
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