Kyle Horch

(Angleterre - England)

Our Singing Strength
It snowed in spring on earth so dry and warm
The flakes could find no landing place to form.
Hordes spent themselves to make it wet and cold,
And still they failed of any lasting hold.
They made no white impression on the black.
They disappeared as if earth sent them back
Not till from seperate flakes they changed at night
To almost strips and tapes of ragged white
Did grass and garden ground confess it snowed,
And all go back to winter but the road.
Next day the scene was piled and puffed and dead.
The grass lay flattened under one great tread.
Borne down until the end almost took root,
The rangey bough anticipated fruit
With snowballs cupped in every opening bud.
The road alone maintained itself in mud,
Whatever its secret was of greater heat
From inward fires or brush of passing feet.
In spring more mortal singers than belong
To any one place cover us with song.
Thrush, bluebird, blackbird, sparrow' and robin throng;
Some to go further north to Hudson's Bay,
Some that have come too far north back away,
Really a very few to build and stay.
Now was seen how these liked belated snow.
The fields had nowhere left for them to go;
They'd soon exhausted all there was in flying;
The trees they'd had enough of with once trying
and setting off their heavy powder load.
They could find nothing open but the road.
So there they let their lives be narrowed in
By thousands the bad weather made akin.
The road became a channel running flocks
Of glossy birds like ripples over rocks.
I drove them under foot in bits of flight
That kept the ground, almost disputing right
Of way with me from apathy of wing,
A talking twitter all they had to sing.
A few I must have driven to despair
Made quick asides, but having done in air
A whir among white branches great and small
As in some too much carven marble hall
Where one false wing beat would have brought down all,
Came tamely back in front of me, the Drover,
To suffer the same driven nightmare over.
One such storm in a lifetime couldn't teach them
That back behind pursuit it couldn't reach them;
None flew behind me to be left alone.
Well, something for a snowstorm to have shown
The country's singing strength thus brought together,
That though repressed and moody with the weather
Was none the less there ready to be freed
and sing the wildflowers up from root and seed.

-by Robert Frost

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Kyle Horch a choisi d'interpréter:
Kyle Horch has chosen to perform:

Denise Ondishko

Cover Us With Song

[saxophone alto et bande magnétique / alto saxophone and tape]

Denise Ondishko

n/d-n/a *

[saxophone alto et bande magnétique / alto saxophone and tape]

avec la participation de:
with the participation of:

Kenneth Broadway, percussion

* Création / World premiere

Kyle Horch has been a prizewinner at many solo and chamber music competitions in Europe and America, including the Jules de Vries International Alto Saxophone Competition (Sweden), the Park Lane Group Young Artists/20th Century Music Platform (London), and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition (Los Angeles).

Since 1987 he has built up a wide-ranging duo repertoire with pianist Pamela Lidiard; they have given recitals at the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British and World Saxophone Congresses, and many other venues in Britain and abroad. Their programmes often include mixed chamber works for saxophone, and Kyle is recording a CD, "ChamberSax! Classic chamber works for saxophone, 1920-40" (Villa Lobos, Hindemith, Webern, Busch, Koechlin, Nin) for release on the Clarinet Classics label in October 1999. He is a member of the Mistral Saxophone Quartet. Other freelance work has included concerts and recordings with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, and many other groups.

Kyle teaches saxophone at the Royal College of Music in London, and has given masterclasses at institutions in Britain, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, and the USA. He contributed chapters on saxophone technique and teaching to The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone edited by Richard Ingham (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He has also written numerous articles, interviews, and reviews for publication in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Journal.

Kyle's teachers included Frederick Hemke and Stephen Trier.

Cover Us With Song was written in 1998 for Kyle Horch and premiered at the British Saxophone Congress. It is inspired by the Robert Frost poem, Our Singing Strength. The tape part incorporates a narration of the poem, which is at times filtered and manipulated; this is combined with synthesized tones and modified pre-recorded saxophone sounds, as well as birdsong. The live saxophone part plays various roles: stating thematic material, musically developing the imagery of the poem, and using the musical and birdsong material as the basis for improvisation.

The new work, provisionally titled Water Music is to be similar in concept, this time with a Walt Whitman text, again using natural sound - this time with water sounds, rather than birdsong - integrated with recorded voice, synthesized sounds, and live saxophone.

The new work will complete a set of three works for saxophone and tape written by Denise Ondishko for Kyle Horch (The first in the series was The Botticellian Trees to a text by William Carlos Williams). They can be performed either seperately or as a suite, linked by the American poetry theme. They are ground-breaking, imaginative, and beautiful pieces. With their fresh approach to setting and manipulating a text drawn from the computer music influence of Paul Lansky (pieces such as Six Fantasies on a poem by Thomas Campion and Things She Carried) combined with the spontanacity of live performance and Denise Ondishko's own luminous sensibility, they are certainly a unique and substantial addition to the saxophone repertoire.

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