Daan Vandewalle

Songs of Insurrection

Daan Vandewalle – piano

You could describe Frederic Rzewski’s Songs of Insurrection (2016) as protest songs for piano. This American composer takes his inspiration from social unrest, and his musical pamphlets are often direct indictments against oppressors, tyrants and other riff-raff. The works are strident where necessary, melancholy where need be, but empathetic and shoulder-to-shoulder to the bitter end.