Remember Me?, by Aaron Holloway-Nahum
Performed by HOCKET (Sarah Gibson & Thomas Kotcheff)
Video by Four/Ten Media
Audio recording by Louis Ng
Recorded in Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall at The Brain and Creativity Institute, The University of Southern California
ABOUT THE PIECE:
Part I: 0:23
Part II: 9:32
Part III: 18:22
Part IV: 29:04
Remember Me? is a large-scale set of variations on Dido’s Lament from Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aneas. The variations trace an emotional and timbral journey across the four movements, which move from the keyboard (Part I) to inside the piano (Part II), to a duet between piano and toy piano (Part III) and, finally, a raucous ‘remembering’ of all that’s come before on two toy pianos (Part IV).
The piece explores an equally vast and unique sound world, with sections featuring melodicas, harmonicas, guitars picks, a crotale, and a myriad of other extended techniques. The piece was commissioned by, and written especially for HOCKET. It was great fun to write and was constantly inspired by their curiosity, virtuosity, and exuberance in performance.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER:
Aaron Holloway-Nahum is a composer, the Artistic Director of The Riot Ensemble, a managing director and recording producer with Coviello Music Productions, and often-time writer about music. His music has been commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and numerous international chamber ensembles such as Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Chartreuse, and the Atea Wind Quintet.