A gruesome piece of Carolina lore lives on in new quartet
Inspired by the Charleston-area legend of early 19th-century convicts John and Lavinia Fisher, Jeremy Turner's Six-Mile House premieres in Beaufort on Sunday, April 10th, with a second performance in Columbia on April 12th.
In this Sonatas & Soundscapes interview that aired Friday, April 8th, host Bradley Fuller interviews composer Jeremy Turner about his new work Six-Mile House for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Jeremy shares one version of the chilling urban legend that inspired the composition, and explains how the quartet’s four movements relate to the murders purportedly committed by innkeepers John and Lavinia Fisher—as well as the couple’s subsequent arrest and execution. The Emmy-nominated composer also compares his work in film and TV scoring with the writing of Six-Mile House and other ventures into concert music.
Commissioned by Walda Wildman, Six-Mile House is set to have its world premiere at 5pm on Sunday, April 10th at USC Beaufort’s Center for the Arts as part of the USCB Chamber Music Series. Another performance will be given on Tuesday, April 12th at the Columbia Museum of Art as part of the museum’s Chamber Music on Main series. Featuring clarinetist Igor Begelman, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, cellist Raphael Bell, and pianist Andrew Armstrong, both chamber concerts will also include works by Johannes Brahms, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Gershwin, and Paquito D’Rivera.
More about Jeremy Turner can be found on the composer's website.
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