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Can Serious Music Be Funny? The New York Philharmonic, via Andrew Norman, Gives It a Try

14 December 2015 5:38 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Humor may be the scarcest resource in contemporary music. But when the New York Philharmonic commissioned a new piano concerto from the California composer Andrew Norman, the orchestra knew it could count on a wild but sophisticated wit, and framed the piece in a program of clever fun. Split sat comfortably between Beethoven’s rug-pulling Fourth Symphony and Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, tough acts to follow and precede. The concert crackled all the way through, thanks partly to the lively charm and nuance of James Gaffigan’s conducting, but also to a new score that conceded nothing to the big boys. Norman wrote Split for the pianist Jeffrey Kahane, and treated his effervescent personality as a musical ingredient, sprinkling it throughout the score. The piece announces itself with a backwards pow!, a brief reverberation building to a fortissimo snap. Immediately, the piano sounds both assertive and comically lost, »

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