Overcoming the biggest composer’s block of all timeNews
Back in the day, around the turn of the century, the US-Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov was the hottest thing around, with major orchestras competing for his next work.
Then, around 2011, Golijov hit the biggest composer’s block of all time. Deadlines came and deadlines went and Golijov never delivered. Orchestras asked for their commission money back. The Met cancelled an opera. Silence ensued.
Now, it appears, Golijov has broken his hex for an upcoming Carnegie Hall premiere.
Experience the New York premiere of a deeply moving new work by Osvaldo Golijov. Based on the eponymous book by Israeli author David Grossman, Falling Out of Time is a gripping song cycle that explores parents’ sorrow as they mourn the loss of a child. Golijov’s eclectic music draws on Delta blues and Central Asian ballads to tell a tale of grief and a journey to acceptance. Commissioned by and featuring members of the wide-ranging Silkroad Ensemble, its evocative scoring weaves a tapestry of sound with voices, Persian kamancheh, Chinese pipa and sheng, trumpet, guitar, electronics, string quintet, and percussion.
UPDATE: We understand this piece was written 20 years ago. The block continues.