The Last Resistance:
Piano Music of Mohammed Fairouz
February 23, 2012
154 Angell Street
Piano Miniatures 1-8
Piano Sonata #1 "Reflections on Exile"
Piano Sonata #2 "The Last Resistance"
The composer's reflections on this work:
"My two Piano Sonatas are vitally linked in that the first is based on a selection of essays by Edward Said Reflections on Exile and the second takes Jacqueline Rose's collection of essays The Last Resistance as its point of departure. These works are examples of what Gayatri Spivak has termed "comparative composition" in reference to my work. They are informed by my reading of two figures, Said and Rose with whom I have been personally and intellectually linked for much of my compositional life.
My second Piano Sonata “The Last Resistance” takes its title from Jacqueline Rose’s collection of essays. This four movement work engages the spirit of the post-9/11 essays by portraying the prophecy of difficulty of times ahead in the first movement; a representation of post-9/11 Manhattan in the second; a lamentation in the third movement (“Freud Goes to Abu Ghraib”); and a vicious finale featuring musical portraits of men and women in dark times."
Performed by pianist Steven Spooner.
For more information on Mohammed Fairouz.
This concert is co-sponsored by the Creative Arts Council and the Cogut Center for the Humanities.
A copy of the poster.
This lecture is part of CRITICAL DIALOGUES IN ARTS AND HUMANITIES.