1111 – 111 – vibes – piano – 11111
excerpt performed here by the Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Chris Kim.
The title Col Canto can be translated as “with the melody,” which can mean playing along with the melody and using the melody as an agent of activity. In Col Canto, there is a melody that flows through the entire piece. Shards of this melody are refracted throughout the ensemble; heterophonic and solo gestrues are at constant play with each other. Aspects of these melodies behave as if they were filtered through a kaleidoscope, constantly shifting in and out of focus. These distortions suggest a wandering subject, in a psychological state that operates outside of any kind of linear progression fo time, unaware of the time passing before them.