Among the impulses that stir composers to create, an encounter with an exceptional performer ranks high. But the relationship between the Italian maverick Giacinto Scelsi and the American-born Dutch cellist Frances-Marie Uitti went beyond simple inspiration. After an initial encounter in 1974, Ms. Uitti worked closely with the reclusive, eccentric Scelsi until his death in 1988, her prodigious technique enabling him to refine his demanding scores.
NYTimes Steve Smith
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