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G Douglas Barrett
Two Transcriptions
May 25, 2013, 8pm (free)
at Incubator Arts Project
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Two Transcriptions celebrates the release of G Douglas Barrett’s record Two Transcriptions / Ode to Schoenberg, a historical revision of Arnold Schoenberg’s 1942 composition Ode to Napoleon performed by artist Zackary Drucker and musician Theo Baer. The evening will function as a record release party in addition to a discussion involving Douglas Barrett, activist Che Gossett, musician Theodore Baer, and musicologist Benjamin Piekut.

Two Transcriptions / Ode to Schoenberg is a vinyl record based on Schoenberg’s 1942 composition Ode to Napoleon for string quartet, piano, and voice. Schoenberg’s piece has an interesting history: the composer arguably over-asserted his authority in writing a letter protesting a recording of the work (originally scored for a male reciter) performed with a female voice. Challenging Schoenberg’s position with respect to musical authorship while considering identities beyond the gender binary central to the dispute, a pair of “transcriptions” of Ode to Napoleon feature the voices of performance artist Zackary Drucker and musician Theodore Baer, two transgender artists.

Two Transcriptions / Ode to Schoenberg was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support provided by The New Spectrum Foundation, Mutable Music, and individual contributions. Two Transcriptions / Ode to Schoenberg was performed by The FLUX Quartet, Stephen Gosling, Theo Baer, and Zackary Drucker.

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