Wednesday AM: Rzewski's Variations on "The People United Will Never Be Defeated"
This week's broadcast of Wednesday Morning Classical will feature Frederic Rzewski's solo piano variations on the famous Chilean political anthem "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." Introduced originally as a political slogan of the Unidad Popular in Chile during the campaign and presidency of Salvador Allende, the chant subsequently became an aural image of the Chilean peoples' resistance to the Pinochet regime. Frederic Rzewski's interpretation presents variations of the anthem in 36 cycles within 6 larger sections: 1) Simple events 2) Rhythms 3) Melodies 4) Counterpoints 5) Harmonies 6) Combinations of all of these. Pianist Stephen Drury performs the work in this 1992 recording.