Late Nights at the Mic

Last night, our Composition Studio finished its second night of recording two-minute compositions to be used in the Tone Poem contest for a film festival called Project Accessible Hollywood. In this contest, composers write a short piece based on the theme “Scratching the Surface.” Then, filmmakers create a video based upon their interpretation of the … More Late Nights at the Mic

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 5, 2013

Many of these are from various friends’ recitals this past semester, including those of some fellow composers at Redlands. Although they are not what I’ve listened to most recently, I would like to keep track of these for journaling purposes: Turning Points, by Joan Tower, for clarinet and string quartet Head Talk, by Mark Ford, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 5, 2013

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 13, 2013

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

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 28, 2012

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

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 30, 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

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 19, 2012

I Was There, by Kayhan Kalhor, for cello, oud, and percussion Kamu-purrui, by Lamberto Coccioli, for alto flute. Alúna, by Lamberto Coccioli, for viola, ensemble, and live electronics Double Bass Sonata, Op.108, by Mieczysław Weinberg, for solo double bass first things first, an album by Nadia Sirota, violist. Featuring composers Nico Muhly, Marcos Balter and … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 19, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 22, 2012

Savage Altars, by Ingram Marshall, for SATB choir, violin, viola, tape Femina: Part I, by John Zorn, for violin, cello, harp, piano, percussion, and electronics 8 June 1810…to the Birthday of R. Sch., by Valentin Silvestrov, for two celli Federico’s Little Songs for Children,by George Crumb, for soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute, and harp Madrigals, Book I, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 22, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 27, 2012

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

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 14, 2012

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

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: November 20, 2011

This week’s edition features selections from a few recent concerts and recitals at U of R: Et la bête, by Natalie Moller, for solo violin Verisimilitude, by Natalie Moller, for 2 sopranos, flute, clarinet, flugelhorn, horn, violin, contrabass Clytemnestra and Agamemnon Take a Dirigible to the Adirondacks, by Blake Van Vliet, for percussion ensemble Samba … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: November 20, 2011