In an onstage interview at her Making Music concert at Zankel Hall on Monday evening, the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho explained her approach to “From the Grammar of Dreams,” a 2007 setting of Sylvia Plath texts, by making a fascinating distinction between wakefulness and dreaming. When you are awake, she told Jeremy Geffen, the moderator, you speak in sentences that move sequentially through time. But when you dream, your speech can be four-dimensional.
- Follow up: Saariaho’s Plath Dreams (megsnewmusicblog.wordpress.com)
- Music Review: Avanti! Ensemble in Finnish Works at Zankel Hall – Review (nytimes.com)