Collage no.1 (Hungarian) is the result of an interest in appropriation, sampling, and the varied audio plundering prevalent in our culture. The goal was to create a new piece exclusively from Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody no.2, juxtaposing motives, realigning harmonies and repeating (or looping) fragments of melodies. The title comes from James Tenney’s Collage no.1 (Blue Suede) and assumes a parallel between Liszt and Elvis.
This piece was composed during my tenure as composer-in-residence with the OSU Symphony Orchestra, Marshall Haddock conductor. They presented the premiere performance on June 2, 2006.