2019 was quite an amazing year! I’ve set a personal record for the amount of work that I produced, which means a lot to me since balancing composing along with other work continues to be a challenge over the years. But I am embracing the journey and cherishing progress, not perfection! I completed six pieces … More What a year!
Last week, Joan Tower visited the University of Redlands as part of the Frederick Loewe Symposium in American Music. Like many other students in the music department, I never grew tired of the humor and wittiness she brought to every event, whether it was a performance of her music, a panel discussion, or masterclass. As … More Freefalling Through Time
Jhula Jhule, by Reena Esmail, for violin and piano The Blue Room, by Reena Esmail, for violin and orchestra Piano Quintet, by Reena Esmail Sinfonietta, by Daniel Eichenbaum, for string quartet and wind ensemble Myself and the resistance of wine, by Amir Sadeghi Konjani, for solo harp Hijab Initiation No. 2, by Amir Sadeghi Konjani, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 7, 2013
I had been on a bimonthly schedule for Cool Stuff, but this time around I couldn’t help but share earlier. Enjoy! Phantoms, by Natalie Moller, for saxophone quartet Bulgarity, by Annika K. Socolofsky, for saxophone quartet Sax Machine, by Joseph Prestamo, for saxophone quartet Howler Back, by Zack Browning, for saxophone quartet Speed Metal Organum … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 24, 2013
Violin Concerto, by Steven R. Gerber, for violin and orchestra Viola Concerto, by Steven R. Gerber, for viola and orchestra Sarabandoid, by Phillip Martin, for cello and piano String Quartet, by Mario Godoy
Blow It Up, Start Again, by Jonathan Newman, for orchestra (or wind ensemble) Trajectory, by Nicole Chamberlain, for two flutes and cello Auras, by Keith Kusterer, for orchestra Basselek, by Florent Ghys, for guitars Ende, by Louis Andriessen, for two alto recorders played simultaneously
As you can see, I’ve been really into listening to percussion and choir lately. Some of these are repeats, but why not. Concerto for Marimba and Choir, by Gene Koshinski Alloy, by Andy Akiho, for steel pan ensemble Tehillim, by Steve Reich, for voices and ensemble The Desert music, by Steve Reich, for amplified voices … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 6, 2013
the pine mantras, by Anthony Suter, for percussion quartet Tromba lontana, by John Adams, for two trumpets and orchestra Karakurenai, by Andy Akiho, for marimba and steel drum Rothko Chapel, by Morton Feldman, for viola, celesta, percussion, and choir
Most of these are form Q2 of course: Ballade, by Oskar Morawetz, for piano For Heart, Breath and Orchestra, by Richard Reed Parry, for orchestra Different…Rains, by Pavel Karmanov, for flute and piano L’auberge de Loupiac, by Florent Ghys, for voice Still With Me, by Alexander Balanescu, for string quartet Musica Optica, by Gyorgy Geszler, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 13, 2013
Our Composition Studio had a listening exam on Friday. I always enjoy studying for them as a way to find new literature. Here is the playlist below: Scherzo Ricercato, by Lukas Foss, for solo piano Toccata for Violin and Player Piano, by Conlon Nancarrow On the Edge of the Infinite, by Christopher Theofanidis, for violin … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 28, 2012
I’ve been looking for a contemporary piece to put on my junior recital, hence the bundle of viola pieces here. Any suggestions??? I’d prefer a piece about 7-10 minutes long, more or less. Simply Purple, by Joan Tower, for solo viola Purple Rhapsody, by Joan Tower, for viola and orchestra String Quartet, by Derek Bermel, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 30, 2012
As Desperation Sets In, by Caleb Burhans, for clarinet and piano In Transit, by Beata Moon, for piano Wassermannmusik, by Hans Otte, for harp Entrometido, by Noah Luna, for flute and cello Symphony of Our Father, by Michael Patterson, for orchestra Mondrianism, by Barry M. Lawrence, for solo piano
Although it’s over a year old, I just recently ran across the Chevrolet/Transformers 3 commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLV. (I hardly watch t.v., especially during the school year.) When I last visited Cajon High, Mr. Heller (the band/orchestra teacher) had told me about his students winning the audition–way to go guys! Check out … More That’s my alma mater!
Oops! I missed a week. Still trying to get back in the groove of things though–here are a few treats from Q2: Violin Concerto, by Andrzej Panufnik, for violin and string orchestra Shadowlines, by George Benjamin, for piano Les Fees from Four Pieces for String Quartet, by Bruno Mantovani Rising, by Joan Tower, for string … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 8, 2012
Drones and Piano, by Nico Muhly, for viola and piano Penelope, a song cycle and album by Sarah Kirkland Snider, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings, by Witold Lutosławski MotorCity Triptych, by Michael Daugherty, for orchestra Raise the Roof, by Michael Daugherty, for orchestra Lux aeterna, by George Crumb, for soprano, bass flute, soprano recorder, sitar, and percussion Out of the Window, by Emily Praetorius, for string quartet Distances at Dawn, by Emily Praetorius, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 27, 2012
Oops! Accidentally skipped a week. Here you go! Betwixt and Between, Kim Scharnberg, for trombone, string quartet, and marimba. 5 Pieces for Trombone and Piano, Op. 198, by Ernst Krenek Clarinet Concerto (Peacock Tales), by Anders Hillborg, for clarinet and orchestra. One of my friends has a sticker on her cello case that says, “Hug … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 12, 2012
Howling at the Moon, by Dana Wilson, for saxophone quartet Thracian Echoes, by Derek Bermel, for clarinet and orchestra Cool Fire, by Paul Moravec, for flute, piano, and string quartet Soe-pa, by Ingram Marshall, for guitar
The Desert Music, by Steve Reich, for amplified chorus and orchestra She Shooed the Tempting Shadow, by Anna E. Garman, for string quartet Await, by Anna E. Garman, for orchestra Dandelion, by Anna E. Garman, for solo trombone Fratres, by Arvo Pärt, for string quartet Violin Sonata No. 3, “Sonata Stramba,” by William Bolcom, for … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: March 25, 2012
Fourth Sonata for Violin and Piano, “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting,” by Charles Ives Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra (formerly titled Concerto for Clarinet), by Emily Praetorius, for clarinet and orchestra. Emily, a fellow composer in our studio, wrote this piece and performed it in our university’s annual concerto competition. String quartet, by Emily … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: February 26, 2012
Modulations, by John H. Beck, for timpani Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, “Landscapes with Blues,” by Stephen Hartke New York Counterpoint, by Steve Reich, for 11 clarinets Concerto Grosso, by William Bolcom, for saxophone quartet and orchestra.
Fingerbib, by Richard D. James (Aphex Twin)/arr. Jonathan Newman for Alarm Will Sound The Chairman Dances, by John Adams, for orchestra Mountain Top, by Jacob Ter Veldhuis (JacobTV), for choir, soundtrack, and percussion Afternoon in March, by Gene Koshinski, for marimba solo (Gene is also the winner of ASCAP’s Rudolph Nissim prize–in fact, that’s how … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 14, 2012