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Persichetti’s Centenary

Vincent PersichettiJune 6, 2015 is the100th anniversary of Vincent Persichetti’s birth. In anticipation of this event, Theodore Presser has launched a variety of social platforms for the public to share their memories, performances, and impressions of the man and his music. Visit Vincent Persichetti’s Centenary Facebook page and tweet with #Persichetti100 to join in the conversation.

Composers Datebook featured Divertimento for Band on June 16th, the anniversary of the premiere. If you missed the broadcast on your local radio station, listen to it in the archives (you may also view the score here).

Check out other recent Composers Datebook features:
May 31, 2014 Melinda Wagner: Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion
June 15, 2014 David Ward-Steinman: Cinnabar
June 16, 2014 Vincent Persichetti: Divertimento
June 26, 2014 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Piano Concerto

Lee Hyla (The Boston Globe)Lee Hyla (1952-2014)
a 12-tone rebel who never gave up on modernism

Beloved composer and teacher Lee Hyla passed away at the age of 61 in early June. Carl Fischer has proudly represented his music for several years.

Hyla’s compositions were eclectic and inarguably modernist in their language, but they spoke with a profound sensibility. Michael Gandolfi, a close friend and colleague, described Hyla’s voice as “one part rock and roll, one part heady, complex music, one part cognizant of the 19th century Romanticism; all of which was cast in structures of uncompromising vigor – powerful, yet tinted with the most delicate beauty.” The Boston Globe succinctly described him as “an uptown composer with a downtown soul, a 12-tone rebel who never gave up on modernism.” Lee Hyla’s style drew its breath from many sources, but those who knew him described his approach to composition as highly pragmatic – how it sounded was the bottom line. Without a doubt, his devotion to sound left a significant impact in the musical world, because as Mathew Rosenblum noted at NewMusicBox.com, “when Lee was way inside of his music, it was hard for the listener not to be there, too.” (Read Rosenblum's full column here.)


Narong PrangcharoenMaha MantrasFinalists at the IV International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition perform Narong Prangcharoen’s Maha Mantras for saxophone (alto/soprano) and orchestra this month. The competition takes place at Mahidol University in Nakonpathom, near Bangkok, Thailand, July 6th – 19th.
Lowell LiebermannLowell Liebermann was recently awarded the Concert Artists Guild Award for Excellence in the Arts. The award was presented at annual Concert Artists Guild “Rite of Spring” gala by president, Richard Weinart. Previous recipients include Sharon Isbin (2013), Ned Rorem (2012), and Dave Brubeck (2011). Following the presentation of the award, Liebermann performed two movements of his Piano Quintet with the PUBLIQuartet, and Nadejda Vlaeva performed two movements of Gargoyles.
Kenneth FuchsThe Springfield Symphony (MA), Kevin Rhodes, Music Director, announced in June that they would be the lead orchestra in a consortium commission for a Piano Concerto from Kenneth Fuchs [E.B. Marks], for pianist Jeffrey Biegel. The proposed Piano Concerto (“Spiritualist”) is based on three paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, and will premiere in the 2015-16 season.
summer festival updates
Shulamit Ran is Composer-in-Residence at the Summer Music Festival presented by WCM Concerts in the Catskills (July 13th-26th). Performances include Lyre of Orpheus, Mirage, For an Actor, Fantasy Variations, and Perfect Storm. Concerts and other events take place in Bethel, Callicoon, North Branch, and Jeffersonville, NY. Ran is also in residence at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, which takes place in Highland Park, Illinois, June 22nd-July 26th.

Chen Yi is Composer-in-Residence at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium June 30th-July 5th, where she participates in master classes, lectures, rehearsals and concerts. The Festival takes place at the University of Oregon in Eugene June 26th-July 13th. Performances of various works by Chen Yi take place on July 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Kenneth Fuchs is in residence July 8th-13th at the Sewanee Music Festival in Tennessee, where JoAnn Falletta conducts performances of Atlantic Riband for orchestra, and American Rhapsody, Romance for Violin and Orchestra, with soloist Michael Ludwig (Falletta and Ludwig also perform both works on a recent Naxos CD, with the London Symphony). Meanwhile, the Bozeman Symphony’s Festival of the Fourth in Montana includes Discover the Wild (overture for orchestra).

Laura Gilbert, flute, Jonathan Bagg, viola, and Stacey Shames, harp, perform Stephen Jaffe’s Offering at Duke University’s Music in the Gardens Festival on July 3rd.

William Bolcom has three world premieres in August. Leonard Slatkin will be conducting the premiere of Circus Overture on August 8th at the Tanglewood Music Center, in Lenox MA. On August 13th, the orchestral arrangement of Cabaret Songs will be performed at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, IL. The performance will include the world premiere of two new orchestrations for "Fur" and "Places To Live". The Grant Park Orchestra will also be premiering Millennium: A Concerto-Fantasia for Orchestra on August 15th and 16th.

earlier this summer:
Peter Schickele was Composer-in-Residence Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (June 14-29), Detroit, MI, with performances of several Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach pieces, including the world premiere of Pastorale for flute and strings, performed by David Buck, flute, Tai Murray, violin, Jan Grüning, viola and Peter Wiley, cello.


l. to r.: Shulamit Ran, Chen Yi, Kenneth Fuchs, Stephen Jaffe, William Bolcom, Peter Schickele
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recently added videos

Piano Concerto by Chen Yi

Ghost Variations by George Tsontakis
I. Ad libitum – Strictly – Languid – Tempo I – Mozart Variations
II. Scherzo 1
III. Scherzo 2


additions to our online perusal library

Eugene Butler: Love Song
Michael Colgrass: Zululand
Lukas Foss: Elegy for Anne Frank
Howard Hanson, arr. Ruth Anderson: Serenade
William Kraft: Settings from Pierrot Lunaire
Vincent Persichetti: Divertimento for Band
Behzad Ranjbaran: Moto Perpetuo
Roger Sessions: Concerto for Orchestra
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Prologue and Variations

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july birthdays
01 Kenneth Fuchs (1956)
01 Behzad Ranjbaran (1955)
03 Ruth Crawford (1901-1953)
05 Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984)
09 David Diamond (1915-2005)
15 Jack Beeson (1921-2010)
15 George Rochberg (1918-2005)
17 Peter Schickele (1935)
23 Erich Itor Kahn (1905-1956)
23 Narong Prangcharoen (1973)
24 Leo Kraft (1922)
27 Harl McDonald (1899-1955)
29 Marta Ptaszynska (1943)
Looking ahead (July birthdays):
2015 David Diamond
100th anniversary of birth
  Behzad Ranjbaran 60
  Peter Schickele
80
(also the 50th anniversary of
the PDQ Bach touring concerts)
2016 Kenneth Fuchs 60
2018 George Rochberg
100th anniversary of birth
 

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recently released cds
Hodkinson A Keyboard Odyssey Sydney Hodkinson
A Keyboard Odyssey NAVONA NV5961

Mini-Rag, for Right Hand Alone
Organmusic
Snapshots

Barry Snyder, piano
Boyd Jones, organ

Jaffe Elation Stephen Jaffe
Elation Albany TROY1483

includes:
Four Pieces quasi Sonata
Jonathan Bagg, viola, Donald Berman, piano
Offering
Laura Gilbert, flute, Jonathan Bagg, viola, Stacey Shames, harp

Chen Yi Array Chen Yi
Array RAVELLO RR7890

includes:
Ji-Dong-Nuo
Jane Solose, piano

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newly published scores

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Ewazen Classical Concerto Eric Ewazen
CLASSICAL CONCERTO FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE
AND ORCHESTRA

reduction for Tenor Saxophone and Piano
114-41458 score and part
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