April in Europe with Reza Vali/ Milestones

RVpicNEYHeading east from Württemberg, Germany where his Ney Concerto, Toward That Endless Plain, will receive its German Premiere on 4/25/13, Reza Vali will arrive in Linz, Austria to attend a performance of his work Calligraphies 1-3 for String Quartet by the Hugo Wolf Quartet the next day. For Vali this will be a return to familiar territory, since the composer spent his graduate study years at the Academy of Music in Vienna. These concerts come during a year of milestones for Vali and his music, as he celebrates his 60th birthday year, marks the tenth anniversary of one of his signature works: the Ney Concerto, and most recently—attended the opening of the new Center For Iranian Music at Carnegie Mellon University, a major project that his vision and guidance played key roles in realizing.

In celebration of Reza Vali’s work and achievements, we are offering to our subscribers a limited-time offer to perform Toward That Endless Plain: Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra at our chamber music rate. Materials must be reserved by June 30, 2013. For more details, write to us by clicking offer.

Peng-Peng Gong Premieres Spring 2013

A glimpse ahead to the next couple of months clearly shows Peng-Peng Gong on a roll. More audiences are discovering the composer’s powerful and emotionally direct style as the musical community has increasingly embraced his considerable talents. This remarkable surge of interest is illustrated by a number of noteworthy premieres this season~

x077577 Gong Heros Tear webOn May 10, 2013 Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra will devote the entire concert to the works of Peng-Peng Gong’s conducted by Zhang Liang. The program will include a World Premiere of his Symphony No. 3: Eines Helden Träne (A Hero’s Tear), as well as the second performance of his piano concerto Zhonghua Chronicles, featuring the composer on piano.

In addition to the premiere of Peng-Peng Gong’s ballet suite, Death of the Honeybees, at Juilliard last month, we also look forward to the world premiere of his overture, Lament for Orchestra with the Lebanon Valley College Orchestra led by Hannes Dietrich on April 21. For perusal materials or performance inquiries, write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.

LKMP Welcomes Igor Shcherbakov

Shcherbakov photo 2Igor Shcherbakov’s importance as both a leading international and Eastern European musical voice is manifest by the positions and honors he has held. Included among these are Professor of the Ukrainian National Academy of Music, President of Kiev Composers Union, President of National Composers Union of Ukraine, organizer and musical director of the festival International Youth Music Forum, and musical director of the Kiev International New Music Festival. He was awarded with Taras Shevchenko National Award of Ukraine for his major creative contribution into the modern musical culture and a Vedel Kiev Art Award as well as the Deserved Figure of Arts of Ukraine.

Outside Ukraine, performances of his compositions have been given in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Canada, Italy, Slovakia, the USA, Hungary, Belarus, Russia and Uzbekistan and Poland where his two Piano Concerti we recently performed. Igor Shcherbakov belongs to the generation of modern Eastern European composers, whose creativity and spiritual orientation have generated the public image of   music in the old Soviet Union of the late 20th – early 21st centuries. He was among the first Soviet composers who in the last quarter of the 20th century turned his attention to spiritual matters that were prohibited for a long time in the totalitarian society.

Shcherbakov concert pic Mar 2013Recent Performances

May 9: Flute Concerto – Campus Orchester Luzern, Switzerland, conducted by Michael Koeck

March 14: All-Shcherbakov Concert
National Academy of Music Ukraine
Igor Andrievskaya, conductor

  • Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings. Sergei Wilkie, flute
  • Warum: Chamber Symphony No. 5 for Strings
  • Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings. Maria Alexandrova, piano
  • Penitential Verse: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Violin and Strings. Orestes Smovzh, violin

For complete works list, perusal materials or USA premiere opportunities write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.

New Contemporary Releases


Coyote Scatters the Stars (2012) 7′
Violin, Piano (optional speaker)
Commissioned by the Museum of Mathematics in New York for its grand opening gala benefit, the music is  based on a Native American story. The violin portrays Coyote and the piano represents everything else,  especially the stars themselves. It is recommended that the story which is included with the music be told to  the audience before the work is performed to enhance the enjoyment and comprehension of the piece.

Do You Dream in Color? (2009) 20′
Mezzo-Soprano Solo: 1.1+EH.1.1: Mba.Vib.Hp: Str
This is the original orchestration by Adolphe of his setting for voice and piano of a poem by blind Mezzo- Soprano Laurie Rubin. The work is both a personal memoir and a celebration of the human spirit.

Fra(nz)g-mentation (2010) 6′ String Quartet In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Brentano String Quartet commissioned a group of composers to  complement incomplete works by Dufay, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Shostakovich. Fra(nz)g- mentation is based on Franz Schubert’s unfinished Andante from his 12th string quartet.

Composer Peng-Peng GongPENG-PENG GONG

Chamber Tone Poems, Book 2: Quartet for Strings (2011) 9′
String Quartet
This second of Peng-Peng Gong’s Chamber Tone Poems is a 9-minute ballade that unifies the structural  intensity of the classical era, but with ethnomusical approach that spans from the most luscious lyricism to  the wildest dances.

Symphony No. 3: Eines Helden Träne (A Hero’s Tear) (2012) 32′
2+Picc.2+EH.2+EbCl.2+Cbsn: Timp.Perc(5).Hp: Str( recommended)
The Third Symphony is scored for full orchestra, constructed in four movements strictly following the High  Classical and Romantic traditions, with a tragic and expansive overture (Adagio lamentoso & Allegro marziale),  a symphonic nocturne (Andante molto expressivo), a light and quick scherzo (Presto), and a vibrant rondo- finale (Molto allegro). The “Hero” in the subtitle does not represent any human figure, but to art itself and its  failing social status. The music is grand and highly emotional, containing rich folk elements that strive to  prove the unity between an ethnical spirit and the meaning of selfhood.

EuroHartke crop dropshadowSTEPHEN HARTKE

Audistis Quia Dictum Est: Motet for 4 Mixed Choirs (16 Voices) (2011) 4′
4 SATB a capella choirs with rehearsal piano part.
Audidistis quia dictum est was commissioned by The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, music  director, in celebration of their 25th anniversary season (2012-13). It is an a capella setting of one of the  most challenging and controversial passages in the New Testament, wherein Jesus says that we ought to  respond to violence with non-violence. Includes piano part for rehearsal.

Composer David SchiffDAVID SCHIFF

Fanfare for (5) Reed(s) for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon “Fanfare for Reed” (2012) 2′
Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon
Commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest in honor of Reed College’s Centennial celebration, with the support  of Paul L. King.

Composer David StockDAVID STOCK

Adonai mi Sinai (2008) 5′
Cantor, SATB Chorus, Piano
Text in Hebrew and English, based on Deuteronomy. Commissioned by the Women of Temple Sinai.

On Eastern Time (2012) 6′
Violin Solo
Pentatonic modality is combined with serial and Asian traditional music performance techniques to create a virtuosic meditation for solo violin.

Composer Reza ValiREZA VALI

Geryan: Calligraphy No. 12 (2012) 9′
String Quartet
Written for the Carpe Diem Quartet, Geryan is a string quartet in one movement, dedicated to the memory of the composer’s mother, Heshmat Alishâhi-Vali.

Khojasteh: Calligraphy No. 10 (2010) 9′
Violin, Cello
Khojasteh (Calligraphy No. 10) was written for and dedicated to Cyrus Forough. The musical material of the  work is entirely derived from Persian traditional music. The tuning, rhythm, form, as well as polyphonic  constructions (such as imitation, inversion, retrogradation) relate to the Persian modal system, the Dástgâh,  particularly the  mode of Návâ (pronounced nahVaa), one of the oldest modes of the Persian system.

Shcherbakov photo 2IGOR SHCHERBAKOV

Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings (2008) 22′
Flute Solo: Perc(2): Str
In memory Oleg Kyva.

Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings (1997) 17′
Dedicated to Yozhef Ormeny.

Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Strings (2006) 17′
Piano Solo: Timp.Perc(2).Hp: Str
In memory Dmitry Shostakovich.

Penitential Verse: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Violin and Strings (1989) 12′
Dedicated to Anna Shcherbakova.

Warum: Chamber Symphony No. 5 for Strings (2002) 10′
Dedicated to Valerii Matiukhin.

2013 Premieres

May 2013

10   Peng-Peng Gong – Symphony No. 3: Eines Helden Träne (A Hero’s Tear)
       Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra – World Premiere, Zhang Liang, conductor

April 2013

21   Peng-Peng Gong – Lament: Overture for Orchestra
       Lebanon Valley College – World Premiere, Hannes Dietrich, Conductor

March 2013

2     Steven Gerber – Two Lyric Pieces for Violin and String Orchestra
National Philharmonic Orchestra – World Premiere, Elena Urioste, Violin; Piotr Gajewski, Conductor
3     Bruce Adolphe – Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto
       Metropolitana Ensemble, Portugal – European Premiere, Cesario Costa, conductor