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Seymour Barab
January 9, 1921 – June 28, 2014

Seymour BarabSeymour Barab passed away at the end of June at the age of 93 in New York, where he was a long-time resident. A composer with a particular interest in and talent for writing for voice, he is best known for the many operas he wrote, including several for children, which frequently display a puckish sense of humor.

Martin BresnickMartin Bresnick visits Australia, where he is the featured composer at the Festival of New Music at the University of Western Australia in Crawley, Perth. He gives a lecture demonstration on August 7th, featuring For the Sexes: the Gates of Paradise, Caprichos Enfáticos, and A Message From the Emperor; and on August 9th, pianist Lisa Moore gives a recital at UWA which includes Ishi’s Song. Ms. Moore will also perform Bresnick’s music in a concert in Melbourne on August 15th.

Chen YiChen Yi is Keynote Speaker at the 4th Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention in Sacramento, California, at the beginning of August, where she will also give a masterclass, and hear performances of her work. Mu Phi Epsilon is a co-ed international professional music fraternity founded over 100 years ago to foster the promotion of scholarship, musicianship and friendship. She then travels to Poland, where she is a Master Composer at the Synthetis 2014 International Summer Course for Composers at Radziejowice Castle, near Warsaw. Also during August, works of Chen Yi are being performed at the Skaneateles Festival in New York, and the Salt Bay Chamberfest in Damariscotta, Maine.
Narong PrangcharoenCongratulations to Chen Yi and Narong Prangcharoen, named in Top Ten of Asia list of composers!
august conventions

International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (July 30th – August 3rd):

Daniel Dorff: In a Deep Funk premiere of version for bass clarinet solo (originally for contrabassoon)
James Primosch: Times Like These (clarinet, piano)
Dan Welcher: Dante Dances (clarinet, piano) and Trois scenes pour J.L. (clarinet quartet)

International Double Reed Society Convention, NYU, New York, New York (August 5th – 9th):

Eric Ewazen: Two Festive Fanfares premiere of version for double reeds (originally for clarinet choir)
all-Peter Schickele concert by bassoonist Harry Searing

International Horn Society Symposium, Imperial College, London, England (August 11th – 15th)

Eric Ewazen: Bridge of Dreams (8 horns)

National Flute Association Convention, Chicago Hilton, Chicago, Illinois (August 7th – 10th)

Performances at this year’s National Flute Association Convention in Chicago include the world premiere of Birds of Paradise (for flute and piano) by Shulamit Ran, performed by Mary Stolper and Kuang-Hao Huang, as well as Ms. Ran’s Mirage (for chamber ensemble) and East Wind (for solo flute).

Lauren Bernofsky’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano and Eric Ewazen’s Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Piano both receive performances as winning compositions in the Newly Published Music Awards (see below); and there are also concerts featuring the music of Gary Schocker and Katherine Hoover. Other performances include works of Martin Amlin, Daniel Dorff, Eric Ewazen, Howard Hanson, Martin Kennedy, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Muczynski, Vincent Persichetti, Samuel Zyman, and many more.

The NFA’s awards for newly published music have also recognized the following as winners in their respective categories:

Lauren Bernofsky: Sonatine for Flute and Piano [Merion Music 144-40576]
Eric Ewazen: Sonata No.2 for Flute and Piano [Theodore Presser 114-41564]
Tilmann Dehnhard: The New Flute: Workbook & DVD [Universal Edition UE035320]
Patricia George and Phyllis Avidan Louke: Flute 103: Mastering the Basics [Theodore Presser 414-41210]
Katherine Hoover: Two Preludes for Flute and Marimba/Vibraphone [Papagena Press PP189]

Several other publications were finalists, or received honorable mentions:

Gary Schocker: Sonata No. 8 for Flute and Piano [Falls House Press FP-GS55]
Gary Schocker: Sonata No. 2 for Piccolo and Piano [Theodore Presser 114-41568]
Johann Sebastian Bach, ed. & ts. by Robert Stallman:
          The Well-Tempered Flutist: 101 Pieces for Solo Flute by J. S. Bach [Carl Fischer WF142]
Alberto Ginastera, arr. Daniel Dorff: Duo for Flute and Clarinet [Theodore Presser 154-40017]
Jonathan Cohen: Out of Their Rinds [Falls House Press FC-JC13]

festival updates
William Bolcom
Circus Overture (World Premiere)
       8/8 - Tanglewood Music Center, Leonard Slatkin, cond., Lenox, MA
Cabaret Songs (arr. for orchestra by composer)
       World Premiere of 2 new orchestrations for "Fur" and "Places To Live"
       8/13 - Grant Park Music Festival, Carlos Kalmar, cond., Chicago, IL
Millennium (World Premiere)
       A Concerto-Fantasia for Orchestra
       8/15 & 16 - Grant Park Music Festival, Carlos Kalmar, cond., Chicago, IL
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recently added videos

Ricky Ian Gordon
Music and Words, presented in collaboration
     with Cincinnati Opera
Green Sneakers
       -  excerpt
Orpheus and Euridice
       -  excerpt/preview production (Long Beach Opera)
       -  excerpt/live performance (Long Beach Opera)
       -  behind the scenes (Long Beach Opera)
       -  excerpt (concert performance)
       -  interview with Elizabeth Futral
       -  excerpt 1 (Pittsburgh Opera Theatre)
       -  excerpt 2 (Pittsburgh Opera Theatre)

Narong Prangcharoen
Winner of the 2014 Londeix Saxophone Competition performs Maha Mantras

Thomas Pasatieri
God Bless Us, Everyone excerpt

Paul Salerni
Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast excerpt

Hugo Weisgall
Esther interview
Fancies and Inventions
       -  part 1
       -  part 2
       -  part 3
The Stronger
       -  excerpt (Marieke Steenhoek)
       -  excerpt (Alternative Opera Theatre)
Six Characters in Search of an Author
       -  “Good Afternoon Miss

additions to our online perusal library

Daniel Asia
       Amichai Songs
Eric Ewazen
       Double Concerto for trumpet and trombone
Peter Schickele
       Take Me Back to Funk, Nebraska

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august birthdays

Congratulations this month to

Christopher Lyndon-GeeChristopher


Robert JagerRobert


Looking ahead at special August birthdays:
2016 Betsy Jolas 90

03 Christopher Lyndon-Gee (1954)
04 William Schuman (1910-1992)
05 Betsy Jolas (1926)
06 Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963)
08 André Jolivet (1905-1974)
15 Lukas Foss (1922-2009)
17 Edward Cowie (1943)
20 Clint Needham (1981)
25 Robert Jager (1939)
30 David Maslanka (1943)
31 Lee Hyla (1952-2014)
31 Peter Scott Lewis (1953)

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recently released cds
Kenneth Fuchs Kenneth Fuchs
Kenneth FuchsNAXOS 8559753

Falling Man (for baritone and orchestra)
Movie House (for baritone and chamber ensemble)
Songs of Innocence and of Experience (for baritone and chamber ensemble)

Roderick Williams, baritone
London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Chen Yi China West

Chen Yi

China West Suite for 3 guitars

Manuel Barrueco, guitar
Beijing Guitar Duo (Meng Su, Yameng Wang)

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