The Retrospective weekend has arrived!
A huge thank you to everyone that has contributed memories and photos as well as to those traveling to be with us this for the festivities.
For those of you unable to attend, please remember that you can leave messages for Steve via the submission box to the right of this post. Or, if you want to leave a public message, you can do so by adding a comment to this or previous blog posts.
Also: The concerts on Saturday (7:30pm) and Sunday (2:00pm) will be live-streamed so I hope you can join us virtually: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/live/
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Stephen Scott founded the Bowed Piano Ensemble in 1977. Eight Colorado College students and two faculty members (Scott and Curtis F. Smith) were assembled from the larger New Music Ensemble (founded 1972) to rehearse and perform on tour the first piece ever composed for bowed piano ensemble, Scott’s Music for Bowed Strings (later renamed Music One for Bowed Strings). There were two devices used, the “soft bow,” modeled on an invention by Curtis Otto von Bismarck Curtis-Smith (no relation to Curtis F. Smith), a Michigan composer who was the first person we know of to sound the strings of a piano with nylon filament, and the rigid bow, invented by Scott with a bit of kibitzing from the other players. The piece was one of several new-music compositions performed by the New Music Ensemble in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas that spring.