Gabriel Kahane & The Knights | Crane Palimpsest

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Crane Palimpsest

by Gabriel Kahane & The Knights

Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction: How Many Dawns... / Vinegar Hill / I Think of Cinemas / BMT / Out of Some Subway...
Gabriel Kahane & The Knights
11:27 $1.25
2. The Navy Yard / O Harp and Altar...
Gabriel Kahane & The Knights
4:28 $1.25
3. Hicks St.
Gabriel Kahane & The Knights
2:41 $1.25
4. Again the Traffic Lights...
Gabriel Kahane & The Knights
3:48 $1.25
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Album Notes
Crane Palimpsest is a love letter to New York, in the form of
a meditation on the Brooklyn Bridge, juxtaposing settings of
stanzas from Hart Crane’s “Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge” with
songs set to my own lyrics in response to Crane's poem. I’ve
literalized the idea of “the bridge” in the sense that two distinct
musical vocabularies are in play and cross paths; the first being the
more formal language heard in the introduction and first several
stanzas of the Crane, the second being the vernacular or folkbased
harmonic language in the songs with my own words. As the
piece reaches its peripeteia around the line “O Harp and Altar”, it
is as if the two languages meet on the bridge and are exchanged:
the final song with my own lyrics begins in a dense and dissonant
setting before giving way to the final stanzas of the Crane poem
which are set in an unapologetically open harmonic atmosphere.
I’ve had the good fortune to perform this piece with half a dozen
orchestras over the last several years, which has enabled me to
tweak it each time. It feels entirely appropriate that the definitive
recording would be made with my friends, esteemed colleagues,
and neighbors in Brooklyn, The Knights. — GK, September 2016



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