As part of our broadcasts from the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, we’ll be presenting the premiere broadcast of a new work by Raymond Lustig called Ambition, performed by Nicholas Phan and the festival ensemble. Lustig currently lives in New York City and teaches at Juilliard, and also happens to be a published researcher in molecular biology (!). His music can be at times mysterious, beautiful and arresting. Compose Thyself (below) was written while Lustig was in residence at the Copland House, and is based on fragments from J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 210a. There’s also a “ghostly” presence of Copland that appears and vanishes through out.
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