Ricardo Lorenz – Wintergreen residency

Venezuela mapAt the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in Charlottesville, NC, Venezuelan-born Ricardo Lorenz will be composer in residence. The Festival will feature a concert to include one of Lorenz’s most unique and representative works, Pataruco–a concerto for Venezuelan Maracas and Symphony Orchestra. For more information on Ricardo Lorenz’s music, contact Lauren Keiser Music.

Bruce Adolphe “off the hook” again

Off the Hook logoThis summer, Bruce Adolphe is once again co-artistic director of Off the Hook, a festival in Fort Collins, Colorado, with co-director Jephta Bernstein. Two of Adolphe’s works are on the schedule this June: Tough Turkey in the Big City and The Bridgehampton Concerto. Both works available through Keiser Classical. He is also giving talks and conducting improvisation workshops based on his book The Mind’s Ear as part of the Festival.

In July, the Cassatt String Quartet will perform Adolphe’s Mary Cassatt: Scenes from her Life in several towns in Maine as part of the Salt Bay Festival. That quartet will also be featured in the Mohawk Trail Concerts in July. The Bridgehampton Music Festival has released a CD celebrating their 30th anniversary, and the CD includes Adolphe’s Bridgehampton Concerto, which was commissioned by the Festival in 1991.

Other recent publications of Bruce Adolphe’s music include:

Bridgehampton Concerto (1991) 17′

Flute, Oboe, Harpsichord, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass

This fun and playable Baroque-inflected concerto grosso was originally commissioned by the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. Scored for mixed octet of flute, oboe, harpsichord and string quintet. Total length approx. 17 minutes.

Mary Cassatt: Scenes from Her Life (2013)

Based on the life and paintings of the American Impressionist Mary Cassatt. Premiered by the Cassatt Quartet in 2013.

My Inner Brahms: An Intermezzo (2013) 5′

Piano Solo

A brief intermezzo dedicated to and premiered by pianist Orli Shaham.

Obedient Choir of Emotions (2012) 5′

SATB, Piano

Commissioned by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, the text comes from the work of neuroscientist Antonio Damasio. Recorded on Soundbrush Records.

The End of Tonight (instrumental score and parts) (2013)

2 Mezzo Soprano, Alto, 3 Cello, Piano

A three-movement trio for three female voices with chamber ensemble, “The End of Tonight” was commissioned by Lenore Fishman Davis. Song texts are from the poems “Listen, Tonight” and “Of the End” by Nathalie Handal. The scoring calls for two mezzo-sopranos and one alto with instrumental accompaniment by three cellos and piano. Includes a full score for the pianist and cello parts. Full score for vocalists available separately.


For more information, please contact Keiser Classical.

Igor Shcherbakov works preview

Shcherbakov photo 1Since 2012, we’ve been proud to represent the works of Ukrainian composer Igor Shcherbakov. Recent and upcoming publications include:

Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings (new ed. 2014) 22′

A haunting work written in memory of fellow composer Oleg Kyva.

L’abbraccio del Crocifisso (2011) 13′ Harp solo

Thirteen-minute work for solo harp was inspired by a painting by Rossana Pressato. The title translates literally to “The Embrace of the Crucified”.

Piano Gesang (2006) 10′ solo Piano

Premiered in Switzerland by pianist Yozhef Ormeny in 2008. This ten-minute work displays vivid tone  painting and a whimsical, quasi-improvisational style from one of Ukraine’s most prominent composers of contemporary music.

Tango Misterioso (2011) 8′

Conceived originally as a work for piano and string orchestra, this version of Tango Misterioso for piano trio captures the textural and rhythmic interplay in an effective chamber ensemble configuration.

Write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing for more information.

Yevhen Stankovych release preview

Stankovych 1We’re pleased to announce that following this past spring’s publication of Angel’s Touch for violin and piano, we will be releasing more published works of Ukrainian master Yevhen Stankovych’s over the course of the next several months, including: Violin Concerto No. 2, Rasputin Ballet Suite, Mirages, and his Sixth Symphony. Write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing for more information.

Historic ‘Chinese Dream’ Symphony commission

grand piano cubismWithin days of his May graduation from Juilliard, Composer/ Pianist Peng-Peng Gong was on a plane to China to begin his extended artist residency with the Shanghai Philharmonic. It appears one of the first projects Gong will undertake there is the composition of a symphony which, when complete, will be the longest work in Chinese symphonic history. The Chinese Dream (current working title) is expected to weigh in at 80 minutes and a whopping 15 movements long. The work will be premiered at the last week of October at the Shanghai Oriental Center for the Performing Arts.

Reverie for cello and piano will become the basis of the new symphony’s opening movement. The work was composed for cellist and fellow Juiliard alum Eru
Matsumato and will soon be available in our catalog. For more information on composer Peng-Peng Gong or his music, please contact Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.

Reza Vali – Sydney 2014

Sydney Australia seaviewFor the second time within two short years, Reza Vali has been invited to Australia on August 16, 2014 for a week-long residency at the Conservatory of Music in Sydney.
Four of his works will be performed at a concert to be held there on the 24th, including Song for solo flute, Persian Suite (Folk Songs, Set No. 12E) for flute and piano, Four Persian Folk Songs (Set No. 1) for voice and piano, Three Romantic Songs for violin and piano. The visit will also include a lecture about his Toward That Endless Plain, Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra, which is perhaps the only work of its kind anywhere in the world.

After his return home, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be performing Vali’s new work Ravân in September 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ravân was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and was premiered on February 7-9, 2014 at the Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.

Reza Vali’s recently published works include:

Folk Songs: Set No. 15 (1999) 20′ (materials now available for purchase)

Flute(d AFl, Picc), Clarinet (d Eb Clar, Bass Clar), Percussion, Violin, Cello

This mixed quintet for winds, percussion and strings comprises the fifteenth work in Vali’s series of folk songs which combine Persian and Western influences. The blending of near-east modality with European classical harmony and form has become a hallmark of the composer’s uniquely poignant voice. Commissioned and recorded by the Seattle Chamber Players, Albany Records.

Ravan (2013) 5′

2(1dPicc, 2dAFl).2(2dEH).2(2dBCl).1+Cbsn: Timp.Perc(2).Pno.Hp: Str

Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Orchestra and dedicated to composer David Stock, Ravan is the Persian word for “flowing.” The work is a short scherzo with a fast first section alluding to the turbulent white waters of the Youghiogheny River in Pittsburgh, a calmer middle section, like a trio, and a recapitulation of the fast section. 

String Quartet No. 2 (1991) 30′ (first publication)

Written for Cuarteto Latinoamericano, this 4-movement work marks a stylistic shift from Vali’s first quartet, which followed mid-20th Century atonal and serial techniques. In contrast, String Quartet No. 2 is a fusion of traditional Persian melodic modes with Western classical harmonic and formal sensibilities, a style which would become a signature characteristic of the composer’s later works.

Please contact Keiser Classical for more information on the music of Reza Vali.

Schiff + Shifrin = great clarinet music

Clarinet color collage web2This summer David Schiff will be working on his second Nonet for string quartet and reed quintet, commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest for their 2015 season. (His first Nonet composed in 2007 is quintessential Schiff–infused with jazz and rhythmic invention reminiscent of Stravinsky.) The collaboration with CMNW and in particular David Shifrin, has produced some truly marvelous works for the clarinet spanning over many years of Schiff’s creative output.

One fine example of such a work will be the premieres by Chamber Music Northwest and the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival of his new Five Pieces and a Ghost from Debussy’s Children’s Corner for clarinet and string quartet. The work follows closely on the heels of another much-anticipated clarinet quintet by Schiff, Borrowed Times, to be published by Lauren Keiser Music, release date to be announced soon.
Schiff is also looking forward to attending the performance of his timpani concerto,Speaking in Drums with timpanist Aaron McDonald at Lake Tahoe Summerfest. More information on David Schiff’s music is available by contacting Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.