A Far Cry, the Gardner's resident chamber orchestra, challenges the audience with an exploration of abstraction in sound. The works on this program were selected based on two criteria: the musicians of A Far Cry love them, and audiences often approach with skepticism... until they have a listen. The pieces increase in “difficulty.” Can you make it to the end?


"The A Far Cry Challenge"

  • Glass, Echorus
  • Cage, “Nearly Stationary” from String Quartet
  • Shostakovich, Scherzo from Two Pieces for String Octet
  • Webern, 5 Movements, Op. 5
  • Hossfeld, “ ...and ZOMBIES” from concerto GROSSO
  • Ligeti, Ramifications
  • Usui, In Digestion
  • Xenakis, Voile


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