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Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated (1975)

Frederic Rzewski

Frederic Rzewski (Photo by Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)

This epic one-hour set of 36 Variations on the Sergio Ortega’s Chilean Freedom Song has become a modern classic. It is a journey through a multitude of styles: from polyphony, 12-tone, extended technique, to jazz, pop, minimalism, and free improvisation by the performer. Rarely programmed because of its immense difficulty, this exhilarating work has never sounded more relevant.

Inna Faliks’ rousing performance of this work at the Jacaranda Series in LA has been described as “triumphant, epic, magnificent and rich.” (Patrick Scott, Artistic Director, Jacaranda).


Inna Faliks after her performance of The People United Will Never Be Defeated at Jacaranda Music.

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