23 May Squeeze
Squeeze is march music. It marches through the J. S. Bach chorale Jesus meine zuversicht, back and forth, in tight and furious formation. The piano is the exception, a spectator at the proceedings, preferring silence or isolated comments. Yet its taciturn asides eventually subdue the march, which becomes soggy, and never quite recovers its step.
Squeeze was written in 1996 for The Nash Ensemble of London, who premiered it at Princeton, New Jersey in 1997.