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Resisting Stillness
Music for Witch Dance
In Time's Unfolding
Modern Love Songs
1. What a Coincidence
2. I Wouldn't Know About That
3. Someone New
4. Now You See It, Now You Don't
5. At Any Given Moment
Incitation to Desire (Tango)
Piano Sonata (excerpt)
The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice (excerpt)
Baby Song of the Four Winds
The Gift of Life

Music for Witch Dance (1983)

Music: Chester Biscardi

Dancer and Choreographer: LeAnn Yannelli

Percussionists: I-Jen Fang and Elayne Harris

Program included works by Beethoven, Berio, Biscardi, Grieg, Lou Harrison, Haydn, and Piazzola

Staunton Music Festival
August 23, 2012
Trinity Episcopal Church
Staunton, Virginia

Music for Witch Dance, for two percussionists (1983), was written for Annabelle Gamson's reconstruction of Mary Wigman's Heksedans (1926) based on fragments of the dance recorded in a 1929 film about Mary Wigman and a description of her work in Rudolph Bach's Das Mary Wigman Büch. The music takes its initial ideas from Willi Goetze's score of 1926 (also in the film and book), originally consisting of three gongs, drum and cymbal, which stylistically reflects the primitive, childlike nature and austerity of the Expressionist period.

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