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A rts Enterta inm ent Wednesday, March 17, 1976 Page Five


Lfchitz shines


new works

By TOM GODELL solo piano. As is well known, this madness. Long uauies elap- fleeting the composer's admira- THE MUSIC was dramatic
the Faust legend was an enor- sed between phrases, as if Lif- tion for Bela Bartok and Cl iude and arresting, as is the vast ma-
NOT judge a composi-|mously popular topic among chitz was hunting desperately DeBussy. (Both Volumes I & III jority of George Crumb's out-
Lion on a first hearing; composers of the romantic era' for the next phrase. Too, t h e have been issued in stunning put. Magnlificent and beautiful
that which pleases most at first (having been set by Schumann, music was rather over 'ong for performances on the Nonesudh Isonorities were produced in ihe
is not always the best." So said Gounod, Liszt, Boito, Busoni, the amount of material. label.) ;piano by 'utilizing inside-the-
Robert Schumann, and with that ! and Mahler to name just a few). Like the first set, the work is piano techniques which Crumb
sobering thought in mind, I will In his version, Pousseur in- FOLLOWING intermission, the divided into twelve pieces, has made his trademark - piz-
report my first impression o corporates numerous selections major work on the progr im was which are then grouped in'., zicati, muted tones, and har-
which were heard in Rackham from these 19th century settings. presented - the Ann Arbor pre- three parts of four pieces eacn. monics, to mention some of the
Auditoriu Monay even a s In addition, the direction of the mier of Makrokosmos Volume II The first in each group employs more prominent. Pianist Lifchitz
Auditorium Monday eveni g as opera's plot is determined by (1973), subtitled "Twelve Fan-" a special external device to easily cleared these technical
performed rb Max Lifchitz. t a majority vote of the memnbers tasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for modify the sound of the instru- hurdles, to give a breatiitaking
The concert obegan with the of the audience, taken during in- Amplified Piano" by George ment - paper sheets placed performance of one of he truly
aaced com IV of Luianom Berio, termissions. 'Crumb, U-M Music School grad- over certain strings in numbers great masterworks of our time.
There are tn eatn seven c S fate. This is the second portion 1 and 9, and ordinary w a e r
aqire atlerassevensuch THESE features are carried' of a large series of works re- glasses which are run up and ' The image of death predonin-
Sequenzi in Berio' s catalogue, ..- - down the stringsa in number 5 in Taheplrn he ioa ag vrt h iaosoe r -ae rmge soreah red~in
eachexploringthtot eover to the piano score. rradi- oden to sprngsum Am ates Crumb's score, as reflected
of expresive possibilies o r tionalmusic at times alternates DR. STUDIED WEAK order to produceglissaadi. Am- in the titles of various move-
ossoonsrm ts futwith 20th century idioms and, AORTIC WALL CASES p iiaio seployed not to ments: Rain Death Variations,
ionas solo instruments: flute, ;et:Ri et aitos
in addition, the performer is al- modify the sound of tae instru- GhostNocturne, Litany of t h e
obie, trombone, viola, human lowed to arrange the pages of CHICAGO (P) - Survival ment, but rather to expand its G lactic Bells, and Agnus Dei.
Sequenza IV, consisting of one the score in any order that he should be the rule rather than dynamic range. This last may suggest the Mass
relatively short movement, pits i wishes. the exception when the aortic A good deal of hissing w a s for the Dead, and this, t >o, is
two contrasting lines against one In soite of the introduction of artery wall weakens and heard during the uerforirjance, reflected in the music. The sec-
another - long sustained tones this aleatoric element, the mu- I threatens to burst, Dr. Con- yet none of it came from the tion titled "A Prophecy- of Nos-
in the bass, and rapid staccato sic has an inner logic and sense stantine E. Anagnostopoulos audience. It was instead the re- tradamis" quotes the well-
notes in the higher registers. The of forward motion that the Herio University of Chicago heart stilt of an extremely poor om- known Dies Irae, not in the
performance by Lifchitz was a lacks. (This was perhaps due surgeon, believes. wlification system which nitect! satirical manner of Liszt or
flawless display of virtuoso tech- to the tremendous musiianship R ed white noise into even rota- Berlioz, but i total earnest. As
nique and sympathetic approach of its Rupture of the aorta is the tively loud passages, which was the piece draws to serene con-
interpreter.) most common cause of death in irritating. As a result of this clsion, the soloist chants,
such cases, he says. But early noise, many delicate eccts were "Dona nobis pacem." The music
UNFORTUNATELY the mu- The opening section of the and correct diagnosis and treat- lost or distorted. does indeed give peace.
sic was unintresting. The tech- suite, far and away the b e s t ado cdg int t-s r____os de vpc
gniquen-i dM-i- r --I i- - - - -- - -

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
Hello, Power.
As "Hello, Dolly!" moves into its last weeks of rehearsal, the cast of the UAC Musket pro-
duction strut their stuff. The show opens next week at Power Center.



Counting p0oilts-
mark, of the


New U.S. Supreme Court Jus-
tice John Stevens of Chicago'
once acted asthe attorney for
Charley Finley, owner of the
Oakland As baseball team.
Radio broadcaster and colum-
nist Red Barber believes the
late Larry MacPhail deserves
to be elected to baseball's Hall
of Fame.
Insects are the most abundant
animals in the world today.

nique derives from Messiaen, I and most interesting portion of death.
but sounds like nothing m o r e the work, ranges in m )d from
than imitation. Coloristic devic- ethereal beauty to powerful and Dr. Anagnosto
es, like tone clusters produced dramatic clusters of notes. TIhe written a book,
by the palm of the hand, broght res'ilt was colorful and exciting. Dissections," revi
no relief. The music, with i t s This was followed iwv a tradi- erature on the
"electronic" sound, was frag- tional treatment of a potooorri records of 36 pati
mentary, giving the impression of themes from the other Fansts. condition whom he
of a senseless progression of The final portion of C'1e work during the past
events. was an attempt to fuse these and the experienc
The second work on the pro- dis'mrate eliments zther into with 549 cases.
gram was a 1964 composition of a coherent whole. Sadly, the at-
Henri Pousseur, entitled Miroir temnt failed. Bars of traditional Of 969 patients
de Votre Faust. The music mnsic alternated with modern no medical or st
forms a suite from the compos- Wbrases. However, thee seem- ment for the con
er's opera Faust, arranged for ed to be no method whatever to cent died within a

imes prevent
opoulos has.
'Acute Aortic
ewing the lit-
subject, the
ents with the
e has followed
seven years.
e of surgeons
who received
urgical treat-
dition, 90 per

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Jay Cocks, Time


North East
2C pass j
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North E'ast
pass pass


Opening lead: 10 of diamonds
The palooka sitting West
thought he -had everything pret-
ty well worked out. He had
lead the ten of diamonds to
avoid compromising his honor
holdings in the other suits.
South had won and played a
spade to dummy and anotherI
spade, West winning. The open-
ing lead had showed that East
had nothing in diamonds, so the
palopka knew .he had cash
three more tricks to beat the
contract, and that they had to
come from hearts or clubs.j
He reasoned that he could play
his partner for either the ace
of clubs, in which case he
would. lead the queen to take
two club tricks and a heart, or
else he could play his partner
for the king and ten of hearts
with one or two small hearts
so that he- could take three
fast heart tricks Reasoning
that his partner was more like-
ly to have one specific card
than to have two or more, the
palooka le1 the queen ofeclubs.
Alas! Declarer won the ace
and made his contract by even-
tually pitching a heart on the
diamonds. "Sorry, partner, I
The expert would have:
guessed correctly. He would}
have added all the outstanding
points. South must have sixteen
to open one notrump plus,West's
twelve and dummy's nine is
thirty-seven, leaving East with
at most three. He could notj
have the ace of clubs. The ex-
pert would therefore have cash-
ed the ace of hearts and lead!
the jack to take' three heart
tricks and beat the contract.

Opening lead: 2 of clubs
The palooka didn't like his
contract. In addition to three'
almost certain diamond losers,
he had to pick up the spade4
suit. Seeing no reason to post-
pone the trump finesse, the pa-
looka won the club lead in dum-
my and played a trump to the
queen, hoping against hope that
East had the doubleton king.
He didn't, and the palooka went
down two.
Experts rarely "hope against
hope." An expert would have
used all the available clues and
again counted points. But the
first thing he would have no-
ticed is the strange opening
lead. Why would West have led
a club when he probably has
a diamond suit headed by the
ace-king? The answer is sim-
ple when you think about it:
he wouldn't have. So he can-
not have both the ace and king
of diamonds, and East 'must
have one.
But if East has at least the
king of diamonds, he cannot
have the king of spades! With
two kings he would not have
passed his partner's opening
bid. Therefore West has the
king of shades, and the only
way to pick up the entire spade
suit is to drop the singleton
king and finesse against-East's
The expert wouldl only then
play a card from dummy and,
win the opening lead in his ownj
nand with the ace, not the jack.
Then he would cash the ace ofj
spades, feeling glad that he is
a pious man when the king falls.
The jack of clubs would be over-
taken by the king to finesse East
out of his ten-spot in trumps
to claim the contract.
Small wonder that experts
"misguess" less!

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Great New Orleans Jazz!
Saturday, March 20 at 8:30, in Hill Akd.
Free, spirited, original, and spontaneous is the music of this greatest
of the New Orleans Jazz Bands, with roots in tribal African dances ...
Creole Quadrilles . . . funeral marches and Mardi Gras Parades . . . blues
and sunny picnics.
Last season's sold-out Ann Arbor performance attests to the popu-
larity of this group, so get your tickets now, which are still available at
$3, $4, $5, and $6.

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