Jonathan Leshnoff’s Premiere with Gil Shaham and The Knights

The Knights premiere Leshnoff concerto with Gil Shaham at Shriver Hall

“…Chamber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Baltimore-based Jonathan Leshnoff, received its world premiere Sunday evening. The piece certainly had a great launch, thanks to exceptional violinist Gil Shaham and the adventurous orchestral collective from New York called The Knights.

“The first of its two movements, titled after the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is built around an exquisite song for the violin that rises and falls with an elegant arc that Erich Korngold or Samuel Barber would surely have admired. There is a radiance to this music, tinged with something like nostalgia, something bittersweet.”

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Jonathan Leshnoff explaining the origin of the Chamber Concerto

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Review: “ASO premieres enthralling new symphony from Jonathan Leshnoff”

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On November 5th and 7th Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra “caught a star on the rise” when they presented the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 2, “Innerspace”. Jon Ross of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called it a an engaging, accessible force of new music from a composer with an approachable modern voice … [that] will surely become a lasting, heralded work.

ABOUT THE COMPOSITION:
In the composer’s own words, the symphony was born from the exploration of his Jewish heritage and unpacks the main themes from Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s book on Jewish religion, “Innerspace.” In the book, Kaplan explains the five levels, or universes, of occlusion from God, which are reflected in the five movements of Leshnoff’s symphony. The first movement, which begins with an anguished cry from the horn section followed by lush, other-worldly strings, represents the first universe, where humanity resides. The fifth level, silence, is the universe that is closest to God.

MORE TO COME FROM LESHNOFF:
Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will also perform the world premiere of Leshnoff’s Zohar oratorio, a joint commission with Carnegie Hall, on April 14 in Atlanta (then again on April 16). The program will then travel to Carnegie Hall in New York for an April 30 performance.

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Introducing Leshnoff Publishing

Theodore Presser is pleased to announce that it has recently joined forces with Leshnoff Publishing: sole representative of prominent composer, Jonathan Leshnoff.

Mr. Leshnoff has an exciting 2015-2016 season ahead of him, with four significant world premieres already on the calendar. In April, the Philadelphia Orchestra will premiere his Clarinet Concerto (Ricardo Morales, clarinet) and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will premiere Zohar, an oratorio co-commissioned by the ASO and Carnegie Hall. Later that Spring Leshnoff’s new Violin Concerto will be ushered in by legendary violinist Gil Shaham and The Knights, while his Symphony No. 3 will be premiered by the Kansas City Symphony.

Explore the newest publications from Leshnoff Publishing below and be sure to visit Theodore Presser for more exciting news about this composer’s work.

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Igudesman & Joo United States Tour

Alek­sey Igudes­man and Hyung-ki Joo, collectively Igudesman and Joo, are two clas­si­cal musi­cians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilar­i­ous the­atri­cal shows that com­bine com­edy with clas­si­cal music and pop­u­lar cul­ture. To date their clips on YouTube have gath­ered over 35 mil­lion hits, and the duo has appeared on tele­vi­sion in numer­ous coun­tries. Equally com­fort­able per­form­ing in clas­si­cal con­cert halls, as well as in sta­di­ums in front of crowds of 18,000, their col­lec­tive dream is to make clas­si­cal music acces­si­ble to a wider and younger audience.
 

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Latin and More
Aleksey Igudesman
Item Number: UE033653
 

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Celtic Violin Duets
Aleksey Igudesman
Item Number: UE033652
CONCERT DATES
July 20 – Portland, OR
July 22, 2015 – Steamboat Springs, CO
July 25, 2015 – Minneapolis, MN
July 30, 2015 – Highland Park, IL
August 1, 2015 – Boulder, CO
October 7, 2015 – Lake Placid, NY
October 8, 2015 – Bergen, NJ
October 9, 2015 – Red Bank, NJ
October 10, 2015 – Richmond, VA
October 18, 2015 – Toronto, Canada
October 19, 2015 – Detroit, MI
October 23, 2015 – Madison, WI
October 24, 2015 – Iowa City, IA
October 25, 2015 – Overland Park, KS
October 27, 2015 – Des Moines, IA
October 31, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA
November 2, 2015 – Morgantown, WV
March 19, 2016 – Glendora, CA
March 25, 2016 – New York, NY
March 26, 2016 – New York, NY
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Celebrating 80 years of Arvo Pärt

… It is the wonder of stillness which makes Arvo Pärt‘s music so unique and unmistakable, and fascinates people around the world…

Visit Universal Edition’s #ArvoPart80 blog.

 

Arvo Pärt was born in 1935 in Paide, Estonia. After studies with Heino Eller’s composition class in Tallinn, he worked from 1958 to 1967 as a sound engineer for Estonian Radio. In 1980 he emigrated with his family to Vienna and then, one year later, traveled on a DAAD scholarship to Berlin.

 

As one of the most radical representatives of the so-called ‘Soviet Avant-garde’, Pärt’s work passed through a profound evolutionary process. His first creative period began with neo-classical piano music. Then followed ten years in which he made his own individual use of the most important compositional techniques of the avant-garde: dodecaphony, composition with sound masses, aleatoricism, collage technique. Nekrolog (1960), the first piece of dodecaphonic music written in Estonia, and Perpetuum Mobile (1963) gained the composer his first recognition by the West. In his collage works ‘avant-garde’ and ‘early’ music confront each other boldly and irreconcilably, a confrontation which attains its most extreme expression in his last collage piece Credo (1968). By this time all the composition devices Pärt had employed to date had lost all their former fascination and begun to seem pointless to him. The search for his own voice drove him into a withdrawal from creative work lasting nearly eight years, during which he engaged with the study of Gregorian Chant, the Notre Dame school and classical vocal polyphony.

 

In 1976 music emerged from this silence – the little piano piece Für Alina. It is obvious that with this work Pärt had discovered his own path. The new compositional principle used here for the first time, which he called tintinnabuli (Latin for ‘little bells’), has defined his work right up to today. The ‘tintinnabuli principle’ does not strive towards a progressive increase in complexity, but rather towards an extreme reduction of sound materials and a limitation to the essential.

 

Excerpted from Universal Edition.

Arvo Pärt – A selection of choral works

  • Bogoróditse Djévo Mother of God and Virgin for mixed choir SATB (Church Slavonic) choral score (UE030414)
  • Magnificat for mixed choir SATB (Latin) choral score (UE019350)
  • The Beatitudes – Seligpreisung for Choir SATB and organ (English) choral score (UE033003), organ score (UE033002)
  • Da pacem Domine for mixed choir or soloists SATB (Latin) choral score (UE032941)
  • Solfeggio for mixed choir SATB choral score (UE030455)
  • Nunc dimittis for mixed choir SATB (Latin) choral score (UE031909)
  • 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen for mixed choir SATB (German) choral score (UE019098)
  • Salve Regina for mixed choir SATB and organ (Latin) choral score (UE031988), organ score (UE031987)
  • Habitare fratres in unum Psalm 133 (132) for choir SA(Ct)TB or vocal ensemble S(Ct)A(Ct)TB (Church Slavonic) choral score (UE035900)
  • Morning Star for mixed choir SATB (English) choral score (UE033718)
  • Vater unser for boy soprano and piano (German) Dedicated to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (with reference CD) (UE035300)
  • Collected Choral Works – Complete Scores. This anthology of choral works is representative of Pärt‘s work, even including two selections from his major a cappella work, Kanon Pokajanen. The selection is also carefully geared towards the music represented on three CDs, all of which were recorded in consultation with the composer.
    (UE033880)

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