Reviews on Rzewski’s Leftist Political Piano Variations ​The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Deng Liang
Author

The People United Will Never Be Defeated (1975) is an one-hour epic modern piano variations, is one with an exquisite structure as well as a humanistic content. As a political context, this could be a legendary piece as well, in its creation in Chile just before Pinochet's military regime and the music's subsequent meaning for so many leftist political enthusiasts. In his approach the author highlighted the role of music, i.e. the role of cultural power in crating consciousness and attracting masses of people to political causes inspiring them to fight for better future. In addition, the author opened a number of questions on performance of contemporary music on the basis of Rzewski’s own DVD recording, the analyzing of which revealed an interesting phenomenon because when Rzewski played his own music, his playing differentiated from his own score.

Journal Accelerando
Year 2017
Issue 2

Liang, Deng (2017) Reviews on Rzewski’s Leftist Political Piano Variations ​The People United Will Never Be Defeated. In: Accelerando: Belgrade Journal of Music and Dance, No. 2. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/1030080/.

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