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Lowell Liebermannand the award goes to … Lowell Liebermann

On March 27th, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that Lowell Liebermann will be the inaugural recipient of the Virgil Thomson Award, made possible by an endowment from the Virgil Thomson Foundation, in recognition of an American composer of vocal works. Liebermann was honored at a reception at the Academy [photo, left] on March 28th to celebrate the announcement. He will receive the award at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May.

Liebermann’s vocal output includes two operas, and many works for voice or chorus, including Symphony No. 2 for chorus and orchestra (with texts adapted from Walt Whitman). His most recent work for voice and chamber ensemble, Four Seasons, premiered last summer at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, who performed it again in New York on a Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center concert in November.

During the first week of April, Liebermann was a guest of Fundacja Maestro and the Composition Department at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, where he gave classes, and there was a concert of his music which included Piano Sonata No. 3, Six Songs on Poems of Nelly Sachs, Sonata for Flute and Piano, and Six Songs on Poems by Raymond Carver.

Zwilich celebrates 75

As Ellen Zwilich's 75th birthday approaches on April 30th, we celebrate a remarkable career which has seen many firsts. She was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in Music, the first honoree of the Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, and the first woman to receive her doctoral degree in composition from The Julliard School of Music. Her Symphony No. 5 celebrates her connection with Juilliard.

Her most recent compositions include AVANTI! (Fanfare for Jerry), written for Gerard Schwarz’s final season with the Seattle Symphony; Shadows for Piano and Orchestra, commissioned by pianist Jeffrey Biegel, who was also behind a consortium commission for Millennium Fantasy in 2000; Voyage for String Quartet, premiered by the St. Lawrence Quartet in 2012; and Commedia dell'Arte for solo violin and string orchestra, commissioned for Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra

One of her unique distinctions is to have been featured in two Peanuts® cartoon strips. The first – which came as a complete surprise! - was in 1990, at the time of the premiere of her Concerto for Flute. This led to an acquaintance with Charles Schulz, culminating in the composition of Peanuts® Gallery for piano and orchestra, with each short movement based on a character from the famous comic strip. It was first performed by Albert Kim and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 1997.

Note: a new CD of chamber music is due for release on Azica on April 22nd (see Recently Released CDs section). The recording includes Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Piano, Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, and Septet for Piano Trio and String Quartet, performed by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, with Michael Tree, viola, Harold Robins, bass, and the Miami String Quartet.

Lee HylaLee Hyla was featured guest composer at the RED NOTE New Music Festival March 30th-April 3rd at Illinois State University in Normal, where three of his works were performed on March 31st: the Ensemble Dal Niente performed We Speak Etruscan for bass clarinet and baritone saxophone, Pre-Amnesia for alto saxophone, and Amnesia Redux for violin, cello and piano.

Chen YiChen Yi begins the month with a residency at the Cleveland Institute of Music (April 3rd-7th), where there is a concert of chamber works including Qi, Night Thoughts, and Happy Rain on a Spring Night. Later in the month, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents the world premiere of Not Alone in a performance celebrating the Dance Company’s 25th anniversary season, at the Capezio Peridance Center in New York (26th, 27th).

Jeffrey MumfordThe Spectrum in New York presents a Composer Portrait on Jeffrey Mumford on April 13th, in a concert of several works for solo instruments, with violinist Miranda Cuckson, cellist Julia Bruskin, and pianist Steve Beck.

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On Stage at Curtis presents
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Interview with Steven Stucky at
     The Curtis Institute of Music

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Ernest Bloch
     From Jewish Life

Ernest Bloch

Daniel Dorff

Jaroslav Holesovsky

Fredrick Kaufman
     Concerto for Clarinet and Strings

Behzad Ranjbaran
     Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
     One Nation - Reflections on the
     Pledge of Allegiance

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april birthdays
Happy Birthday, Ellen

special birthday greetings to
Ellen Zwilich (75)

2 Julia Scott Carey (1986)
4 Chen Yi (1953)
5 Richard Yardumian (1917-1985)
7 Donald Harris (1931)
12 Henri Lazarof (1932)
17 Adolphus Hailstork (1941)
18 Bo Ayars (1941)
19 William Presser (1916-2004)
21 Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
22 Michael Colgrass (1932)
22 Evan Hause (1967)
22 Robert Hall Lewis (1926-1996)
24 James Matheson (1970)
27 Jon Deak (1943)
30 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1939)

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recently released cds
New CDJason Eckardt, Roger Sessions:
“Miranda Cuckson, Blair McMillen: Carter, Sessions, Eckardt”
Urlicht Audiovisual UAV-5989
New CDJames Primosch:
“Sacred Songs”

Eckardt: Strömkarl for violin and piano
Sessions: Sonata for Solo Violin

Miranda Cuckson, violin, Blair McMillen, piano

Dark the Star
Holy the Firm
Four Sacred Songs
From a Book of Hours

Susan Narucki, soprano
William Sharp, baritone
21st Century Consort, conducted by Christopher Kendall

Zwilich Passionate Diversions

Ellen Zwilich:
“Passionate Diversions – A Celebration of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich”



Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Piano
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello
Septet for Piano Trio and String Quartet

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
Michael Tree, viola
Harold Robinson, bass
Miami String Quartet

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Chen Yi Celebration Chen Yi
CELEBRATION for orchestra
Dur: 5’
2 2 2 2 - 2 2 2 1;
Timp, 2 Perc., Str.
416-41295 - Study Score
Chen Yi Shuo Chen Yi
SHUO for string orchestra

Dur: 7’
416-41210 - Study Score
Ewazen Concerto for Horn Eric Ewazen

Dur: 20’
114-41501 Solo Horn part and Piano reduction
Liebermann Concerto No. 3 for Piano Lowell Liebermann
, Op. 95
Dur: 34’
Solo Piano;
2(Picc.) 2 2 2(Cbsn.) - 2 2 3 0;
Timp. 4Perc. Hp. Str.
416-41362 study score
410-41338 solo part and piano reduction (2 pianos)
Pasatieri The Martyrs Thomas Pasatieri
libretto by Daphne Malfitano
411-41136 score
for baritone (or bass-baritone), soprano and piano
(n.b. this opera is with piano only)
Schickele A Garland of Rags Peter Schickele

Piano solo
Dur: 7’


Martin Bresnick

arr. for 4 Trombones by Mark Broschinsky
WE16 – Score and Parts
WE16F – Score

Daniel Godfrey
for band
SC82 – Study Score

John King

any four performers
PF36 – Complete Set
PF36F – Full Score

John King

two Pianos
PF37 – Score

John King

four Percussionists
PF38 – Complete Set
PF38F – Full Score
PF38P – Set of Parts


John King

Fl., A.Fl., Cl., B.Cl., Bsn., Cbsn., 4Perc., Vln., Vla., Vcl., Cb.
PF39F – Full Score

John King

four divided string groups (Vln., Vla., Vcl., Cb.)
PF40F – Full Score

John King

any combination of 2-111 Woodwinds:
Picc., Fl., A.Fl., Ob., Eng.Hn., Cl., EbCl., B.Cl., Bsn., Cbsn.
PF41F – Full Score

John King

four Horns, four Trombones
PF42F – Full Score

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