So far, how good? Nico Muhly premieres in Seattle

The hot young composer takes big risks, both in music and with his titles. So how did his new piece go down? Here‘s a first review.

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  • Colorful orchestration and nice harmonies
    Beginning seemed influenced by Britten’s “Peter Grimes” sea music
    Later in the piece more influenced by Philip Glass.
    Occasionally sounded somewhat machinelike although performance or score hid this by being too elegant and refined.
    Interesting piece by a young composer.

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