Carrying the Past (2012) - Dan Becker
for Amplified String Quartet
Commissioned by Kronos Quartet
In the 1990's my family discovered some long lost 78rpm recordings of my grandfather, Eddie Sandson, who played lead trumpet in some of the big bands in the early 1920's. Fascinated and haunted by this music for years now, my new work for the Kronos Quartet is the latest exploration of the relationship between my own musical sensibilities and the witty and sweetly guileless music that I rediscovered through my grandfather's recordings.
Sadly, during the writing of Carrying The Past my father passed away and so the title for the piece, already established, began to take on a much broader and deeper meaning. I began to appreciate all of its ambiguities and implications, and it seemed the perfect title for a work that, while still retaining that upbeat exuberance inspired by my grandfathers music, seemed to now view the past -- and our often heartfelt and even urgent desire to reclaim it -- with a greater degree of maturity and understanding.
Approx. Duration: 13'