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MARTIN AMLIN

MARTIN AMLIN

Awards

Works

Recordings

Reviews


Composer and pianist Martin Amlin has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. He was a recipient of an ASCAP Grant to Young Composers and has received many ASCAPlus Awards. He has been a resident at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony, where he was named a Norlin Fellow.

Much of his music is characterized by a pungent tonality and energetic rhythms. Sonata for Piccolo and Piano and Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Piano have each won the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition. Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra was premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and he has had performances of his music by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the John Oliver Chorale, the Back Bay Chorale, the Webster Trio, and the American Vocal Arts Quintet. He has had commissions from the Seattle Flute Society, Pacific Serenades, the Chicago Flute Club, ALEA III, the James Pappoutsakis memorial flute competition, pianist Andrew Willis, and clarinetist Michael Webster.

Martin Amlin is Chairman of the Department of Composition and Theory at Boston University and Director of the Young Artists Composition Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He is also recipient of Boston University's Kahn Award for his Piano Sonata No. 7. He studied with Nadia Boulanger at the Ecoles d'Art Américaines in Fontainebleau and the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, and received masters and doctoral degrees as well as the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Amlin has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra in performances of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and has performed on the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Prelude concerts at both Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. He has also appeared on the FleetBoston Celebrity Series and has been pianist for the M.I.T. Experimental Music Studio and the New England Ragtime Ensemble. He has often been heard live on Boston's WGBH radio station as both performer and composer, and has given the world premiere of many new pieces.

Martin Amlin has recordings on the Albany, Ashmont Music, Centaur, Crystal, Folkways, Hyperion, Koch International, Opus One, Titanic, and Wergo labels.

For more information, please see Mr. Amlin’s personal web page at www.martinamlin.com.

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Awards


ASCAP Grant to Young Composers

ASCAP Standard Awards

Kahn Award, Boston University

Massachusetts Artists Foundation grant

Massachusetts Council for the Arts grant

Massachusetts Cultural Council grant

National Endowment for the Arts Composer Fellowship

Norlin Fellow, The MacDowell Colony

St. Botolph Club Foundation grant

Tanglewood Music Center Fellowships, four summers

Winner, Newly-published Music Competition, National Flute Association


Works

Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos | Choral and Vocal | Orchestra



Three Rivers
Available from the Presser Rental Library



Chamber Ensembles and Instrumental Solos


Atlantic Serenade for Flute, Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
Available From Composer


Eight Variations for Piano
Additional Information: Published: Custom Print 110-41765
Recordings
Reviews


Encomium for Viola and Harp (2004) -- 5'
Available From Composer


Endless Ways for Two Pianos
Available From Composer


Ephemeropterae I and II for Piccolo solo (2004) -- 3'
Additional Information: Published: 114-41333


Five Preludes for Piano
Recordings


Intrada for Two Flutes and Piano (2002) -- 4'
Published: #114-41204


Morceau de Concours for Flute and Piano
Available From Composer


Moto Perpetuo for String Quartet (2006) -- 5'
Available From Composer


Piano Sonata No. 3
Available From Composer


Piano Sonata No. 4
Available From Composer


Piano Sonata No. 5
Available From Composer


Piano Sonata No. 6
Additional Information: Published: Custom Print 110-41764
Recordings


Piano Sonata No. 7 (1999) -- 13'
Published: #410-41332
Premiere Information: Andrew Willis, piano, Focus on Piano Literature symposium, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, June 8, 2000
Recordings
Reviews


Prelude, Fugue, and Variations for Piano and String Quintet
Available From Composer


Prelude: In Praise of the Infinity of Time for Organ
Available From Composer


Seven Etudes on Intervals (2007) -- 20'
Available From Composer


Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2001) -- 18'
Published: #114-41150
Commission Information: Michael Webster
Premiere Information: Michael Webster, clarinet, and Robert Moeling, piano, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, TX, September 14, 2001


Sonata for Flute and Piano (1987) -- 15'
Published: #114-40886
Premiere Information: Douglas Worthen, flute and Martin Amlin, piano, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, May 15, 1987
Recordings
Reviews


Sonata for Piccolo and Piano (1997) -- 20'
Published: #114-40911
Premiere Information: Zart Dombourian-Eby, piccolo and Amlin, piano, National Flute Association Convention, Chicago, IL, August 15, 1997
Recordings
Reviews


Sonata for Viola and Piano (1987) -- 13'
Published: #114-41249


Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Piano (2004) -- 12'
Published: #114-41239


Sonatina Piccola for Piccolo and Piano (1999) -- 5'
Published: #114-41037
Premiere Information: Zart Dombourian-Eby, piccolo and Amlin, piano, National Flute Association Convention, Atlanta, GA, August 20, 1999
Recordings


Three Alphabetudes for Piano Solo (2005) -- 10'
Available From Composer


Trio Sonatina for Flute, Clarinet and Piano
Published: #114-41028
Reviews



Choral and Vocal


A Lasting Spring for Soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


Evening Meditation in a Cathedral Town for Mezzo-soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


Four Songs on Texts of Anonymous Poets for Soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


Israfel for Soprano, Flute, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1980) -- 5'
Published: #111-40187
Commission Information: Written for the Phillips Exeter Academy Bicentennial, 1980-1981

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#111-40187P)
Full Score - Large (#111-40187S)


Lullaby for Tenor and Piano
Available From Composer


Passions of Singleness for Mezzo-soprano, Viola, Vibraphone, and Harp
Available From Composer


Seven Songs for Mezzo-soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


The Heavenly Feast for Soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


The House of Falling Leaves for Soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


The Three Marias for Soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


Three Madrigals for Mixed Chorus and Two Pianos
Available From Composer


Time's Caravan for Mixed Chorus and Double String Quintet (2000) -- 11' 30"
SATB; 4Vln., 2Vla., 2Vcl., 2Cb.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: John Oliver Chorale and Orchestra, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, October 28, 1989
Recordings
Reviews


Two Songs on Poems by Anne Fessenden for Soprano, Alto Flute, and Piano (1997-98) -- 8'
Published: #111-40183
Premiere Information: Mimmi Fulmer, soprano, Leone Buyse, alto flute and Amlin, piano, New York City Flute Club, CAMI Hall, January 25, 1998



Orchestra


Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra (1998-99) -- 20'
Picc. Solo; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2(Tpt in C) 2 0; 2Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Carl Hall, piccolo, National Flute Association Convention, Atlanta, GA, August 21, 1999
Reviews

Available Separately:

Piano Reduction (#114-41030)
Full Score - Large (#416-41219S)


Quatrains from the Rubáiyát for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra
Available From Composer


Shadowdance for Orchestra
Available From Composer


Three Songs of Nature for bass-baritone and chamber orchestra (2008) -- 10'
Premiere Information: 13th April, 2008, James Demler, baritone, Na Sun, violin, Boston University Chamber Orchestra, Richard Cornell, conductor, Town Hall, New York, NY
Available From Composer


Recordings


Time's Caravan for Mixed Chorus and Double String Quintet


Koch International Records 3-7178-2H1: 20th Century Choral Music
John Oliver Chorale



Sonata for Flute and Piano


Crystal Records CD317: The Sky’s the Limit: A Celebration of 20th Century American Music for Flute
Leone Buyse, flute, Amlin, piano



Sonata for Piccolo and Piano


Crystal Records CD 711: In Shadow, Light
Zart Dombourian Eby, piccolo, Amlin, piano



Sonatina Piccola for Piccolo and Piano


Crystal Records CD 711: In Shadow, Light
Zart Dombourian Eby, piccolo, Amlin, piano



Five Preludes for Piano


Albany Records TROY 674: Andrew Willis Plays American Piano Music
Andrew Willis, Piano



Eight Variations for Piano


Albany Records TROY674: Andrew Willis Plays American Piano Music
Andrew Willis, piano



Piano Sonata No. 6


Albany Records TROY 674: Andrew Willis Plays American Piano Music
Andrew Willis, Piano



Piano Sonata No. 7


Albany TROY 674: Andrew Willis Plays American Piano Music
Andrew Willis, Piano



Reviews

"fluent, fresh, vital, sensuous, poetic… All of these pieces have lots of energy, lots of ideas…"

-American Record Guide

"He delights in tripping up one's metrical expectations through unexpected irregularity of meter or sudden syncopated accents… harmonically rich in a basically tonal idiom... If this is conservatism, it doesn't really advertise itself as such… his freely rhapsodic treatment of his material, and the hidden mechanisms (including elements of dodecaphony, not rigidly adhered to) speaks of the eclectism of our times."

-Records International Catalogue

"…He likes technical achievements and games--fugues; inversions; retrogrades; rhythmic complexities and quirks; 12-tone rows that don't sound like tone rows; hidden references to Bach, Beethoven, and "Happy Birthday"; variations that lack a theme, so all of them in a set are in effect variations on one another. He likes to bend the rules…Some of these games are part of the fun…Amlin uses them to create powerful coloristic and emotional effects. All the music --brisk and reflective--is purposeful and effective, and idiomatic both for the hand and for the instrument."

-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe


Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra

"The highlight of the convention for piccoloists was the world premiere of Martin Amlin’s Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra…Divided into five movements, the concerto’s brilliant orchestration creates excitement without ever over-balancing the piccolo."

-Tammy Kirk, Flute Talk


Time's Caravan for Mixed Chorus and Double String Quintet

"Amlin has found an appropriately luscious style that is at once assured and unstable, unstable enough to depict the uncertainties of life the verses are concerned with, and flexible enough to respond immediately and imaginatively to the wide-ranging imagery of the text…The Chorale obviously loves singing it; so will every other suitably equipped chorus in the land - this piece is destined for long popularity."

-Richard Dyer, Boston Globe


Sonata for Flute and Piano

"…it sets the tone of brightness, accessibility, and rhythmic drive that is characteristic of the entire compact disc. The harmonic language is fairly ’conservative modern,’ and contrapuntal dialogue is common."

-Laurel Littrell, American Music

"…an engaging work with a strong rhythmic profile and a lyrical impulse, in which the flute and piano lines are marvelously integrated."

-Allan Kozinn, New York Times


Sonata for Piccolo and Piano

"Martin Amlin’s delicate harmonic shadings linger in the mind long after the recording finishes."

-American Record Guide

"This work is a stunning showcase for both [piccolo and piano]. Through its five movements the work explores the piccolo range with lyrical expressiveness and wild agility, and the conversation between piccolo and piano is exquisite."

-Zart Dombourian-Eby, Flute Talk


Trio Sonatina for Flute, Clarinet and Piano

"Martin Amlin’s Trio Sonatina invested a Rhapsody, Scherzo, Interlude, and Aria with innumerable artful devices to draw you in - a silky shimmer at the start, a cat-and-mouse ferocity in the quick music...a melodic skeleton with drop-dead harmonic tints"

-The Boston Globe

"…an astonishing mix of neoclassical and neoromantic elements."

-Mark Williams, Rochester Times-Union


Eight Variations for Piano

"…clever and sharply contrasted minature variants… on a slow chorale…"

-American Record Guide


Piano Sonata No. 7

"The texture, tempo, rhythm, and atonal nature of this piece is advanced and exciting."

-Clavier