Liebermann’s opera, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel, follows the title character’s unwillingness to reconcile the difference between appearance and reality — a subject that feels increasingly relevant in the midst of our modern, digital society. The music dramatically highlights Dorian’s slow corruption as Liebermann’s score parallels the character’s descent into darker realms of thinking. The result is an opera that unquestionably “brings Wilde to life.”
Lowell Liebermann: Complete Works for Two Pianos (Recording)
As a pianist, Lowell Liebermann writes expertly and sensitively for the instrument—the music is surely challenging but also sounds like it’s great fun to play. He has always balanced traditional gestures and formal designs with a personal style that is novel but remains tuneful and harmonious. There’s not a dull moment in any of this music…
Over the past few weeks, many of our composers have received honors for their contribution and dedication to music. Below is a brief summary of their most recent awards and accolades.
Carter Pann’s 2013 composition for saxophone quartet, The Mechanics: Six from the Shop Floor, was recently named a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Each movement within this work “depicts, in a very colorful way, an aspect of auto mechanics and/or the ‘grease monkey’ lifestyle. Pann effectively uses different styles of music to convey the car parts or mood he is trying to depict” (Audiophile Audition).
Earlier this month Paul Lansky was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters as one of its twelve new members. The Academy, founded in 1898, is an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers.
DePaul University has selected composer Ronald Caltabiano to lead its School of Music as its new dean.
Congratulations to all of the Theodore Presser Company, Carl Fischer Music, and Affiliate Publishers winners at the National Flute Association’s 2016 Newly Published Music Competition. This list of awards includes an astounding seven winners – Daniel Dorff, Amanda Harberg, Emmanuel Pahud, Chris Potter, Paula Robison (edited by Frederic Hand), Dan Welcher, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich – twelve finalists, and seven honorable mentions. View the full list of awards here.