Piano Portraits: Nightwatch I. In Memorium

by Marjorie M. Rusche

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Barbara Podgurski, piano; Marjorie M. Rusche, composer
New Music Composers' Forum, Musica Reginae Productions, The Church-in-the-Gardens, Forest Hills, New York, New York, 3/2/13


In Memorium portrays the struggle for life of a patient in an intensive care cardiac unit as well as the loved one's emotional fluctuations during the night vigil. Rolled cluster chords open the work. A nine-note row motive is then presented and repeated in varied form throughout the work. Agitated and rapid cluster chords and arpeggios frame a calmer, more melodic and tonal middle section. The movement ends quietly, with a varied lyrical restatement of the first five notes of the row.


released 02 March 2013
In honor of the memory of my mother, Alice Maxine (Collins) Rusche



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MarjorieMRusche South Bend, Indiana

Marjorie M. Rusche is an internationally performed award winning classical composer who combines romantic, modern, vernacular and world music influences. Dr. Rusche composes music for opera, music theater, dance, orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles & soloists. She teaches music composition, orchestration, music theory, and piano at Indiana University South Bend and the University of Notre Dame. ... more

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