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The Arching Path: II. Sul Basento

from The Arching Path by Christopher Cerrone

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The Arching Path stems from the composer’s visit to the Ponte sul Basento (Bridge over the Basento River) in the southern Italian city of Potenza. Designed in 1967 by the architect Sergio Musmeci, the bridge is notable for its substructure: a single span of concrete, forming four connected arches with antler-like offshoots that serves as a pedestrian walkway. For nearly the entire work, the pianist manipulates the soft and damper pedals, enveloping the instrument in resonance, such that we hear much of The Arching Path through the haze of what has come before.

In the second movement, “Sul Basento,” Cerrone fashions a bathysphere, transporting us to the waters below. Here, notes comprising the first movement are repurposed as restless tremolos, gliding over a sunken bass. At the close, Cerrone unfurls a series of giant, uninhibited arpeggios, shooting us out of the river so that we might glimpse the bridge in its entirety.


from The Arching Path, released May 21, 2021
Timo Andres, piano


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Christopher Cerrone Brooklyn, New York

Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984) has been commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony, among others and his opera Invisible Cities was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. ... more

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