NTQ is excited to give the premiere performance of David Morneau’s Not Less Than the Good on June 2 at The Morgan Library as part of opening night for their exhibition “This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal”.
Commissioned by New Thread Quartet and composed by David Morneau, Not Less Than the Good is a musical sunrise, a celebration of morning as embraced by Henry David Thoreau in Walden. The music grows from a single quiet note, growing in fullness and depth. Underneath this are sounds recorded during the early morning hours at Walden Pond: a chorus of insects, the lone song of dawn’s first bird which is joined by others in a raucous counterpoint, and the splashing of morning swimmers. The hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from Walden, selected as a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment and performed by poet J. D. McClatchy. Not Less Than the Good is composed for the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth (July 12, 2017).
Not Less Than the Good
for saxophone quartet, synthesizer, recorded sounds, and narration
composed by David Morneau for New Thread Quartet
performed by New Thread Quartet, David Morneau (synthesizer), and J.D. McClatchy (narrator)
Friday, June 2 at 7:30pm
The Morgan Library & Museum – 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY
Tickets: $25 / $20 for members
More information is available on our event page.