Program Book 1999-2000 page 28
Concert IV Program Notes

Andrew Stiller (b. 1946, Washington, D.C.) studied with Lejaren Hiller and Morton Feldman at the University at Buffalo. In the 1970's he was a member of Lukas Foss's Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, performing his own and other avant garde works at Carnegie Hall, in Buffalo, and on tour. Stiller's writings on musical topics have appeared in Opus, Musical America, Musical Quarterly, and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera.

Chamber Symphony adheres strictly to forms common in Haydn's and Beethoven's day to comment on both the classical style and the music of today. The first movement takes the form of a classical Sonata Allegro. In this form, the second theme is traditionally in the dominant of the main key. This shift in tonality was readily apparent to concert audiences two hundred years ago, but may not be noticed by contemporary ears. To address this perceptual problem, Stiller chooses to modulate up one quarter-tone. The effect, which can sound like very questionable intonation, has caused intense reactions - of both annoyance and amusement - in listeners. But no one mistakes the arrival of the new key. The second movement is a beautiful slow evolving melody, while the third movement is a minuet that is deliberately as heavy as possible, marked 'feroce'. The final movement is a rondo of unusual finality. This work was composed for the ASQ.

Chan Ka Nin was born in Hong Kong in 1949, and moved with his family to Vancouver, Canada, in 1965. While pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia, he studied composition with Jean Coulthard. After graduation, he undertook further studies in music with Bernhard Heiden at Indiana University, obtaining master's and doctoral degrees in composition. Since 1982, he has been Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, teaching music theory and composition. Chan has won composition prizes in a number of international competitions, including the ASQ's 1989 award.

Chan's Saxophone Quartet consists of one movement that grows from chaos to a deep sense of tranquility. The work is said to comment on the act of bringing a chamber music work to performance level, with all the requisite discussion, give and take, and ultimate agreement that this intimate music requires.

Born in 1935 in Northern California, Terry Riley launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic In C in 1964. This seminal work provided the conception for a form comprised of interlocking repetitive patterns that was to change the course of 20th century music. In the 1960's and 1970's he turned his attention to

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