In Time’s Unfolding
In Time’s Unfolding, by Chester Biscardi, is a piece I never could have played when I was young. I lacked the seasoning of years lived, loves, and losses that this gorgeous music portrays so poetically. Only now, in my more mature years, can I glimpse a patience and optimism that comes from knowing that life is fatal, but not tragic—a sentiment I feel best describes my understanding of In Time’s Unfolding.
In Chester’s words, “In Time’s Unfolding...is reflective—of the past, of one’s self—and celebrates the moment...Time unfolds over a musical landscape that is at once poignant and painful, lonely, celebratory, and heroic. The title comes from the seventh section of Galway Kinnell’s eleven-part poem, When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone.”
Biscardi’s performance notes encourage the pianist to take a flexible interpretation of the tempi—a suggestion I embraced whole-heartedly. This video was shot by my friend, Bob Wall, in my home.
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