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New Haven Register: Pianist Michael Noble plays Frederic Rzewski piece

Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”, which was written in 1975, is a 60-minute work featuring 36 variations.
February 18, 2014

New Haven Register
Staff report

You have to appreciate Michael Noble’s recital choice for its degree of difficulty Thursday night (Feb. 20).

The doctoral candidate in Piano Performance at the Yale School of Music will be playing a pretty unique composition at 8 p.m. in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College St. (corner of Wall) on the Yale campus.

Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”, which was written in 1975, is a 60-minute work featuring 36 variations. 

“It is based on Samuel Ortega’s protest song, ‘El Pueblo Unido,’ which dates from 1973 during the Chilean military coup,” said Noble in an email exchange.

A political-music recital. Really, Michael?

“I chose the piece for a two major reasons: I absolutely love the piece, and find it to be one of the … greatest and most substantial (in terms of length) piano pieces written in the 20th century. I am also currently writing my Doctor of Musical Arts thesis on political music in Rzewski’s works.”

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