New York

“Roseland”

Composer’s Forum

The main idea behind Roseland was the novel use of video monitors to present a quartet playing music. The novelty was that the four musicians were one and the same, having been prerecorded on tape and played back on monitors on stage along with the musician himself, Peter Rose. In effect then, Rose sat on stage with three monitored Roses, playing lyrically on all of their recorders. As a clever visual gag the idea worked well and was greatly appreciated by the audience.

The gimmick was developed by the composer Jude Quintiere, who had already composed a score for Rose based on his unique ability to play with “cyclical breathing.” Without a pause, Rose performed a series of endless cycles of notes sliding up and down the scale, in harmony or contrast with the other three Roses on the monitors. A lot of self-contained activity resulted; it was the ironies of these “closed-circuit” situations

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