George Rochberg - Imago Mundi
George Rochberg was an american composer, born in 1918 and died in 2005. He was one of the most important XX century composers in USA. His musical life started first exploring with serialism and, after the dead of his son (1963), he started to feel that that language wasn't enough to express his feelings, therefore he starting composing in a language that many classified as neo-romantic.
Imago Mundi (Image of the World), composed in 1973, is a response to the experience of the composer with Japan traditional music. It is much more than the typical "occident meets orient", that became so popular during the XX century, just like that furniture in your granma's living. What particulary fascinated Rochberg of asian music was the treatment of time: the statism, without the quality of develpment in which the events happends one after the other, giving a very different sensation from that of the symphonic music. If we compare this piece with his second symphony, it is possible to see the difference in the form of both, being Imago Mundi much more suspensive and fulfilling than what we might hope of a well composed piece according to european tradition.