Mid-October Miscellany

There has been a lack of posting here due to a deadline for my Philadelphia Chamber Music Society commission. But this week I sent the last movement of my new violin and piano to my brilliant editor/computer notation wizard, and I am now catching up on various neglected tasks. I’ll write about the PCMS piece in another post, for now I’ll just say it is called Five Poems – it was originally going to be a Violin Sonata, but the movements feel more like character pieces than something “symphonic” in conception.


The soprano soloist for the New Juilliard Ensemble performance of my From a Book of Hours has been named: Alexandra Razskazoff. There is a brief bio of her here (scroll down) from a press release on a Juilliard performance of Le nozze di Figaro this past spring.


So many events worth your attention this weekend in Philly:

Guthrie Ramsey’s Musiqology at Annenberg
Network for New Music has a panel and a concert for the Persichetti centennial
Bowerbird explores Julius Eastman
The Crossing is at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian with encore performances of several pieces
Kile Smith has a premiere on the first Mendelssohn Club concert under new artistic director Paul Rardin


And if you are in New York City this weekend, Mimi Stillman and Bart Feller will be doing my Badinerie Squared at a New York Flute Club program this coming Sunday.


Recent reading:

Bluets – Maggie Nelson
A Dance of Polar Opposites – George Rochberg


Music is undervalued in more ways than just through insufficient royalty payments for streaming audio – read this essay by Craig Havighurst.

New York Flute Club Interview

 

I am one of the composers interviewed in the October issue of the New York Flute Club Newsletter on the occasion of a recital by flutists Mimi Stillman and Bart Feller and pianist Charles Abramovic in New York on October 18. This is a reprise of a program first given in Philadelphia that includes a number of pieces inspired by Bach that Mimi commissioned, including my Badinerie Squared.

“Badinerie” in NYC

cover-medium_large_fileI just got word that Mimi Stillman and Bart Feller will give the New York City premiere of my Badinerie Squared, the little take-off on the Bach B-minor Suite movement that I wrote for Mimi and Jeffrey Khaner. It’s on a program of the New York Flute Club, to be held at 5:30 pm on October 18th at Engelman Recital Hall in the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (entrance on East 25th Street). More info here. You can read about the piece here, and order a copy here.