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Anthony IannacconeDancing on VesuviusDancing on Vesuvius by Anthony Iannaccone [Tritone/Tenuto], has been selected from over 1,100 submissions by Florida State University’s Festival of New Music for performance by the FSU Orchestra under Alexander Jímenez (31st).
Melinda WagnerMelinda Wagner is composer-in-residence for the “Music and Words Festival 2015” at UC-Davis (Jan. 27th-31st). Performances include Four Settings (29th), with Christine Brandes, soprano, and the Empyrean Ensemble, as well as her Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion (Pulitzer Prize 1999), with flute soloist Tod Brody (31st). Daron HagenDaron Hagen speaks to Frank J. Oteri in an extended interview on NewMusicBox.org about composing, and writing for voice and operas in particular.

Shulamit RanThe Juilliard String QuartetThe Juilliard String Quartet is touring across North America this January and February, performing Shulamit Ran’s String Quartet No. 2 (“Vistas”). The legendary ensemble will be perform the work on January 8th, 15th, 17th, 25th and February 5th stopping in Toronto (Canada), Edmond (OK), Santa Barbara (CA), Philadelphia (PA), and New York City (NY).

Juilliard String Quartet photo credit Simon Powis,
via Colbert Artists Management

Clint NeedhamCongratulations to Clint Needham whose Concerto for Wind Ensemble, written for and premiered by the Baldwin Wallace Symphonic Wind Ensemble last spring, has been awarded the 2014 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize from Ithaca College. In addition to the prize, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble plans on performing the work in the Fall of 2015.
Steven Stucky, Jeremy DenkThe Classical Style: An Opera (Of Sorts), music by Steven Stucky and libretto by Jeremy Denk, received its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall in December to critical acclaim.

…madcap, hilarious and touching…

It's a delight to hear this remarkable collage of stylistic allusions, references, outright quotes, and the means of getting from one 'memory' to another … Stucky's command of instrumental and vocal color is equally striking.

"The Classical Style" holds its own as sheer entertainment.
--Elliot Schwartz, Classical Source, December 1, 2014

Mr Stucky's music is subtle, sly and vividly colorful.
--Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, December 5, 2014

Robert MartinThe North/South Chamber Orchestra presents a Robert Martin retrospective on January 11th at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in New York. The programme consists of six works by Martin inspired by paintings of Arshile Gorky. Flutist Lisa Hansen and guitarist Jordan Dodson join the orchestra, conducted by Max Lifchitz, for performances of Nighttime, Enigma, Nostalgia, Charred Beloved, Water of the Flowery Mill, and One Year the Milkweed, representing works written between 1979 and 2010. Samuel AdlerSamuel Adler was Keynote speaker and conductor of the Louis Lewandowsky Sacred Music festival in Berlin, Germany, in December, which included performances of five of his Sacred Music work). More of his music is heard in Germany this month when the Bavarian Radio Classical Music Hour features his String Quartets No. 8, 9 and 10, as well as the Sonata for Viola and Piano on January 20th (8PM, local time); and on January 27th, Elegy for String Orchestra will be performed by the Berlin Philharmonic in a special concert.
Daniel Dorff, Eric Ewazen, Amanda HarbergMusic in Montclair” (New Jersey), features music by Daniel Dorff, Eric Ewazen, and Amanda Harberg on their January 11th concert at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Included in the programme are Perennials for flute, clarinet, piano by Dorff, Wildflowers for flute, clarinet, piano by Ewazen, and Birding in the Palisades for flute, clarinet, piano by Harberg, who is also Artistic Director of the series.

Paul LanskyShe-e WuTouch and Go for solo percussion and wind ensemble by Paul Lansky will be premiered by the Northwestern University Wind Ensemble and She-e Wu, soloist, on January 30th.

She-e Wu photo credit: Northwestern University

Martin BresnickMartin Bresnick’s recent Starkland CD, “Prayers Remain Forever”, is New York’s WQXR Music Album of the Week for January 5th. The Big City Blog has also named it among the best Classical Albums of 2014.

Prayers Remain ForeverOther accolades have been posted by the Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, New Music Buff, Sharps & Flatirons, Thought Catalog, and by Robert Carl in Fanfare. The album includes Going Home—Vysoke My Jerusalem, Ishi’s Song, Josephine the Singer, Strange Devotion, A Message from the Emperor, and Prayers Remain Forever.

 
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recently added videos

All-Star Orchestra Recording Highlights (August 2014) featuring a new violin concerto by Samuel Jones

Ruth Crawford: Preludes for solo piano, performed by Margaret Mills

Excerpts from the 2011 Vincent Persichetti Festival in Torricella Peligna, Italy

 

recently added to the rental library

Warren Benson
Symphony for Drums and
   Wind Orchestra
[E.B. Marks]

Dur: 21'

Picc. 2Fl. 2Ob. E.H. EbCl. 6BbCl. B.Cl. 2Bsn. Cbsn. -
6Hn. 6Tpt.(in C) 4Tbn. 2B.Tbn. Tu.;
Timp. 5Perc. 2Hp. Pno. Cb.

Premiere: July 4th, 1964. American Wind Symphony, Robert Boudreau, conductor; Pittsburgh, PA.

Commissioned by William MacLean for the American Wind Symphony, Robert Boudreau conductor.

 
 
january birthdays
Stephen JaffeHappy 60th birthday to Stephen Jaffe, who was 60 on December 30th!
4 Joseph Turrin (1947)
6 Earl Kim (1920-1998)
7 Ulysses Kay (1917-1995)
8 Robert Maggio (1964)
9 Seymour Barab (1921-2014)
12 Leo Smit (1921-1999)
15 Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991)
16 Richard Wernick (1934)
17 Donald Erb (1927-2008)
17 Sydney Hodkinson (1934)
24 Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008)
26 Warren Benson (1924-2005)
 
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additions to our online perusal library
Chen Yi: Happy Rain on a Spring Night
Francois Couperin (orch. by Darius Milhaud): Overture and Allegro from "La Sultane Suite"
Jon Deak: Jack and the Beanstock
Jon Deak: The Broccoli Beast of Bedford Avenue
Eric Ewazen: Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra
Iain Hamilton: Symphony No. 4 in B
Howard Hanson: Concerto for Organ, Strings and Harp
Henri Lazarof: Divertimento II
Henri Lazarof: Prayers
Henri Lazarof: Preludes and Interludes to a Drama
Henri Lazarof: Sinfonietta
Henri Lazarof: Third Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ("The Edinger")
Henri Lazarof: Three Pieces for Orchestra
Jerzy Sapieyevski: Æsop Suite
Jerzy Sapieyevski: Mazurka
David Ward-Steinman: Taj Mahal
Dan Welcher: Museon Polemos ("War of the Muses")
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recently released cds
Times Like These James Primosch
Times Like These
POTENZA MUSIC

includes:
Times Like These
Lisa Oberlander, clarinet
Yien Wang, piano

The Year Before Yesterday William Kraft
The Year Before Yesterday
SONO Luminus DSL-92180 (distr. Naxos)

includes:
Fore!
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet

Lucifer Guillaume Connesson
Lucifer
Deutsche Grammophon 4811166

Includes:
Concerto for cello and orchestra [Billaudot]
Lucifer ballet in two acts after a story by the composer [Billaudot]
Jérôme Pernoo, cello
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, conductor

Fabrice Gregorutti Fabrice Gregorutti
Fabrice Gregorutti
Artnetra

Includes:
Luceat (Concerto pour violoncello) [Billaudot]
À l’aube d’un jour plus pur (quatuor no. 1) [Billaudot]
Et Exspecto (Symphonie no. 1) [Billaudot]
Romain Garioud, cello; Orchestre National d'Ukraine, Fabrice Gregorutti conductor

 
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newly published scores

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Daniel DorffDaniel Dorff
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

Narrator and Orchestra

A favorite at family concerts from community ensembles through the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dorff’s Goldilocks uses the familiar story to engage listeners young and old, while the plot and characters illustrate variations on a theme, and contrasts between low/medium/high. The recording on Bridge Records has drawn rave reviews for exciting the next generation of concertgoers.

416-41396 — Study Score
See sample pages (PDF)

Narong PrangcharoenNarong Prangcharoen
ILLUMINATIONS

Orchestra

Illuminations is a 12-minute portrayal of the movements of light and fire. Most of its musical gestures, including a depiction of matches being lit, rise and fall like fire being blown up and down by the wind.

416-41483 — Study Score
See sample pages (PDF)

Narong Prangcharoen
PHENOMENON

Orchestra

Phenomenon was inspired by mysterious and unexplainable natural phenomena, such as the atmosphere and sensations of the Aurora Borealis, the Bolides, and especially the Naga Fireballs of Thailand.

416-41488— Study Score
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Roger ZareRoger Zare
LA ZEBU FORTE OVERTURE

String Orchestra

The enigmatic title is an anagram of “Zauberflöte” — the work is based on Mozart’s The Magic Flute, breaking down themes from the opera’s overture as well as the Queen of the Night aria, and spinning them out of control.

416-41451 — Study Score
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