, attached to 1991-11-30

Review by Anonymous

(Originally published on the legacy Phish.net site many years ago...)

Thanks, Jon, for reviewing the Port Chester show for us! I always love seeing show reviews here, the more the better; different people's perceptions of the same show are particularly interesting.

That door-rushing scene is serious bad news. Nothing could destroy what we've got faster than this sort of behavior. I for one am committed to doing whatever I can to try to remind people to act responsibly, whether I can really have an effect or not. Sure, people will resist; they don't like being reminded that it's not cool to scam. But it's *not*! Will anyone else join me in this? Let's not underestimate our ability as a group to have a positive effect on this scene...

Also, Jon mentions that a crew member told him that Trey considers the Asse Festival to be his best composition. That's very interesting. He told me in Somerville that that piece is a fugue, and described the classic structure of the fugue: it's a very strict musical form, with only two elements, the subject and the countersubject. First the subject is played in the upper register and the countersubject in the bass, then the two are reversed (hope I've got it right; I'm not a musician. WhenI post the interview, you can see his description verbatim). All of this has to work together harmonically. Listen to the Asse Festival, you can really hear the form. Another fugue in his work is the section Ride on a Multi Beast on The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday, for those of you who have that...it's the section right after Tela. It is a fugue with a very complex, atonal theme, really difficult; in fact, it's not truly a fugue because he was unable to complete it within the required form (he told me). Asse Festival, in comparison, was written years later, and has a much simpler theme.


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