Stephen Hartke’s “Blue Studio” NYC Premiere, Spring Updates

Hartke and Cinny

The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble will give Stephen Hartke’s The Blue Studio its New York premiere on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  The world premiere was given by the Network for New Music in February 2015, performance video here. The work for violin, cello and piano is inspired by Matisse’s depiction of his own studio, called “Studio with goldfish”.  The music gives the sense to the listener that they are visiting the composer’s studio, leafing through each of the five movements as if they were a portfolio of drawings.  Available this Spring from Keiser Classical.

Keiser Classical is issuing new editions of the “Stephen Hartke Piano Album” in two volumes.  Vol. 1: Collected Works covers more than thirty years of the composer’s considerable output of shorter works for solo piano.  The second volume brings together two very distinctive sonatas: Sonata for Solo Piano (1998) composed for and recorded by Vicki Ray on CRI records, and Sonata for Piano Four-Hands (2014), which was written for the piano duet team of Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss.  Both volumes will be available from Keiser Classical in late March.

Stephen Harkte’s A Brandenburg Autumn (video of 2nd movement) was performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) on 1/22/2016 at Jordan Hall in Boston.  Contact our rental department to inquire after performance materials.

Additionally in January, Stephen Hartke completed a residency as Distinguished Composer-in-Residence at University of Miami.  Concerts on 1/30/2016 featured three works: Gradus, The Horse with the Lavender Eye and Wulfstan at the Millennium.  Please contact any preferred dealer or Hal Leonard to order Gradus and The Horse with the Lavender Eye.  Please contact our rental department for materials or more information about Wulfstan at the Millennium.

February 16- 18, Stephen Hartke served as Guest Composer with the Contemporary Music Festival taking place at James Madison University.  This festival included performances of Gradus, Sonata for Piano, Iglesia abandonada, Audistis quia dictum est, and Wulfstan at the Millennium.

On February 27th, conductor Raphael Jimenez conducted Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 at Oberlin Conservatory with soprano Amber Monroe and organist Jonathan Moyer as soloists.  This performance was also available on live webcast.  Contact our rental department for materials or more information.

Stephen will be the Visiting Composer at the University of Southern California March 23-25.  Then he will travel to the University of Utah to act as the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Composer in Residence from March 28-29.  The visit will include a performance of The King of the Sun, available from a preferred dealer or Hal Leonard.

Stephen Hartke is guest composer at the RED NOTE New Music Festival (link to festival website) in Illinois in the first weekend of April, 2016.  Aside from his work with the composition students, four of his works will be performed that weekend: Percolative Processes (link to video) for percussion ensemble, Wir küssen Ihnen tausendmal die Hände: Homage to Mozart for mixed sextet, Grammy award winning Meanwhile: Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays for mixed sextet, and Pacific Rim (link to video) for full orchestra.  Contact our rental department for more information or materials.

On April 14-15, Stephen will visit Cornell University as Guest Composer.  The event will include performances of “The Blue Studio and Sonata for Piano Four-Hands, both titles that will soon be available from Keiser Classical.

Over the summer, Stephen Hartke will serve as Composer/Mentor for American Composer Orchestra’s (ACO) Whitaker Readings from June 12-15.  He will also join the faculty at Aspen Music School in July/ August, dates to be announced.

On November 21, the Brentano String Quartet will give the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s From the Fifth Book at the Frankfurter Holzhausenschlosschen in Frankfurt, Germany.

ASTA Journal Reviews Heifetz Wieniawski Edition

S511019 Cover art smThe Amerian String Teacher Association (ASTA) penned a glowing review in the February, 2016 edition of their journal of Henryk Wieniawski’s “Polonaise Brillante No. 2“, edited by Jascha Heifetz’s student Endre Granat as part of the Lauren Keiser Music Publishing Heifetz Collection.  Of this “irresistible work”, the review states, “the editor Granat, provides a new critical edition that he studied from the master.  This urtext edition is based on the composer’s manuscript and the first printed edition (Schott 1875).  If you do not have this piece in your collection, this is the edition to go for.  If you do, it will be helpful to compare with the ones you have.”  This title is currently available from your favorite music retailer or through Hal Leonard.

Charles Neidich – Cavallini and Jeanjean Editions

With the release of new editions by acclaimed clarinetist Charles Neidich this season, we also wanted to acquaint our readers to two outstanding previously issued publications that make significant contributions to the clarinet literature~

Cavallini coverErnesto Cavallini: 30 Caprices for Clarinet
With 2 Full Performance CD’s
Edited and Recorded by Charles Neidich

Excerpts from the Editor’s notes:

Called the Paganini of the Clarinet by the English clarinet virtuoso, Henry Lazarus, Ernesto Cavallini was a respected friend and colleague of the most important Italian composers of his day, including Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi. Cavallini wrote his 30 Caprices in five volumes, each including pieces for both technical and musical study. He was intensely interested that the Caprices be not merely technical exercises, but studies in style and phrasing: an introduction to the new expressive force of the new music of his time. With this in mind, he made numerous expressive indications in his etudes which went beyond the standard markings of crescendo, diminuendo, accelerando, ritardando. I have restored these markings and have included translations at the end of the volume. The noteworthy feature of this edition is the recording I have included with my performances of the Caprices. Rather than clutter Cavallini’s already expressively notated scores with still more markings, I offer the recording as a window into the “bel canto” style of the etudes and as models of the kind of performance to which the student should aspire. Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

Jeanjean coverPaul Jeanjean: 18 Etudes for Clarinet (Etudes de perfectionnement)
With 2 Full Performance CD’s
Edited and Recorded by Charles Neidich

Excerpts from the Editor’s notes:

Since I first played them as a student, I have had a special love for Jeanjean’s 18 Etudes de peifectionnement. Paul Jeanjean, who was principal clarinetist of the Garde Republicaine Band and later of the Monte Carlo opera, was, obviously, a musician of the greatest sensitivity. His etudes are highly developed concert works that can make for very impressive additions to recital programs. Jeanjean did not want players of his etudes to simply be concerned with learning the notes. He hoped his etudes would help educate clarinetists to hear and appreciate the new music of his time. The noteworthy feature of this edition is the recording I have included with my performances of the etudes. Rather than clutter Jeanjean’s already expressively notated scores with still more markings, I offer the recording as a window into the modern, yet romantic style of the etudes and as models of the kind of performance to which the student should aspire. Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

Eric Ewazen Receives Eastman Distinguished Alumni Award, Fall 2015 Updates

Just considering the smattering of Eric Ewazen’s most recent activities below, it should come as no great surprise that Eastman presented him with their Distinguished Alumni Award at their annual Meliora Weekend on Oct. 8th – 11th, 2015.  This the very first time this award has been presented to a former composer from the school.

For starters, this summer Southern Music proudly released the following two new publications by Eric Ewazen:

Audio Score

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Tattoo for Symphonic Band is the stirring finale of Legacy, commissioned for the bicentennial celebration of West Point. The opening theme “Tattoo” is based on the bugle call which signals a return to quarters at day’s end. The score includes antiphonal effects with optional offstage bugles and field drum, creating an authentic “military” sound. The old West Point song “Benny Havens” leads into the reemerging “Tattoo” theme, now answered by other bugle calls, bringing the work to a rousing conclusion. (Grade 4)

Audio Score

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Hymn for the Lost and the Living Arranged for Trombone Choir by Chris Sharpe.
This gorgeous setting is dedicated to Vern and Jan Kagarice and was premiered by University of North Texas Trombone Choir. The work portrays the days in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 of supreme sadness and surprising resilience as the country mourned a great loss while coming together for help, comfort, and strength. (Grade 5)

Eric Ewazen has continued to be a much sought-after guest at music festivals both in the US and worldwide. He was most recently Composer-In-Residence at the Jeju Festival of Winds in South Korea in early August.  While there he conducted a concert of his wind ensemble music including “Legacy“, “Flight” and “A Hymn for the Lost and the Living” with the Navy Band of South Korea.  Musicians and audience alike loved the music.  His “Bass Trombone Concerto” (piano reduction) and “Trumpet Sonata” were also performed.

In July Eric performed his “Trumpet Sonata” and “Bass Trombone Concerto” at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine.

He was also invited to Hong Kong in July as Composer-In-Residence by SliderAsia where the Bass Trombone Concerto was performed by the year’s low brass contest winner.

On July 9th, Eric’s trombone music was featured and played by Dede Decker in a master class at the International Trombone Festival in Valencia, Spain.  The composer played the piano accompaniment during the master class.

At the Berkshire Music Center Brass Festival in June, Eric conducted his “Grand Canyon Octet for 8 Horns”, and heard the “Pastorale for Trumpet, Bass Trombone and Piano” performed by Principal Trumpet David Krauss and Bass Trombonist Denson Paul Pollard of the MET orchestra, and the “Trumpet Sonata” played by Principal Trumpet with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Joe Foley.

The Rochester Philharmonic will play the “Bass Trombone Concerto” on Feb. 25th and 27th, 2016.  Gunther Herbig will conduct, with Jeffrey Gray on bass trombone.  Having received his degree from Eastman, this is a particularly exciting performance for the composer.

James Barnes: New Works, Recording and Performance Update Fall 2015

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This summer, Southern Music released James Barnes’ Symphonic Requiem (Seventh Symphony). Commissioned for the United States Army Band to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, the work combines two massive structures into one: a requiem and a symphony. It portrays the heartbreak of three of the most dramatic battles of the war, concluded by an apotheosis, a hymn of respect and praise for the 668,000 soldiers, Confederate and Federal alike, who gave their lives during this monumental conflict. (Grade 5) Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

The Kansas Virtuosi premiered James Barnes’ Serenade for Winds in April of 2015 to help celebrate the reopening of Swarthout Recital Hall at University of Kansas after two million dollars in renovations. Southern Music will publish the performance edition, release date to be announced.

In June and July, Barnes took a four-week tour to Japan.  He conducted five concerts while there with three different bands: three concerts with the Shobi Wind Orchestra on a tour of Hokkaido, a concert with Senzoku Gakuen in Kawasaki, and a concert in Tokyo with Sienna Winds.  A CD of the live Sienna Winds performance will be released in November and will include “Alvamar Overture”, “Arioso and Presto”, “Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Niccolo Paganini”, and the “Third Symphony”.

James Barnes officially retired from the University of Kansas on Aug. 1st, 2015 after 41 years of teaching.  Since then, he finds he has been watching a lot of Kansas City Royals games.  But he has also found time to compose three new band pieces: “Citadel” (to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of Kansas), “Italian Wedding Song” (Grade 4), and “Prairie Wind Festival” (Grade 3), release dates to be announced. To view James Barnes’ current Southern Music band publications, visit Hal Leonard.

James Barnes also conducted the premiere of his Eighth Symphony in Wangen am Algau, Germany this March, 2015.  It was commissioned to celebrate the 1200th anniversary of that city.

Carol Wincenc 21st Century Series New Releases- Two Mozart Flute Concerti

The concerti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart K 313 in G Major and K 314 in D Major represent two of the most important pieces for the flute. These Carol
Wincenc publcations help students in their learning and preparation of these great works by utilizing a second flute part, an effective practice introduced by her teacher Marcel Moyse. The second part serves as a useful tool in lessons at which no pianist is present to accompany the soloist and reveals to the student musical subtleties and concepts which would otherwise not have been possible to impart. The arrangements have been carefully written to be playable on historical as well as modern flutes, and include Ms. Wincenc’s own cadenzas that have been brilliantly honed by years of professional concertizing.

Wincenc Mozart Concerto 1Mozart Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K313 with Flute 2 Part and Cadenzas by Carol Wincenc

Referred to as the “King of Concerti” in both popularity and difficulty, the G Major Concerto holds a special significance for Ms. Wincenc as an important part of her repertoire throughout her career.  The challenges inherent in the piece do not diminish through frequent performance, but rather they increase, as one music retain clarity, a cantabile style, brilliance, and a sense of angelic purity and simplicity.  Arranged and edited by Carol Wincenc and Bryan Wagorn.  Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

Wincenc Mozart Concerto 2Mozart Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K314 with Flute 2 Part and Cadenzas by Carol Wincenc

The D Major concerto is one of Ms. Wincenc’s “desert island” pieces, being the first of the Mozart concerti she studied, giving her first performance of it with her middle school band!  The piece I full of great technical difficulties and, in the slow movement, one must achieve a real sense of innocence and purity of tone.  Arranged and edited by Carol Wincenc and Bryan Wagorn. Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

LKMP New Heifetz Collection Releases Fall 2015

Bazzini Dance of the Goblins Heifetz

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Bazzini La Ronde Des Lutins
(Dance of the Goblins)
Arranged by Jascha Heifetz
Critical Urtext Edition by Endre Granat

This great bravura piece uses many of the innovations the composer learned from his teacher, Niccolo Paganini–ricochet and flying staccato bowings, double harmonics, left hand pizzicato, and repetition of the same pitch on all four strings. This work remained one of Heifetz’ favorite encores. He recorded  it in 1917 and again in 1937. His bowings, fingerings and his suggestions regarding interpretation are integral features of this edition. Order from your favorite retailer or though Hal Leonard.

Paganini Witches Dance Heifetz

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Paganini Witches Dance Op. 8
Arranged by Jascha Heifetz
Critical Urtext Edition by Endre Granat

A mature work of Paganini, Witches Dance uses all the innovations he had introduced as a violin virtuoso performer. Like so many of his other works, it was not published during the composer’s lifetime. Jascha Heifetz’ bowings, fingerings and suggestions regarding interpretation are an integral part of this Critical Urtext edition by Endre Granat.

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Lauren Keiser Music received the Paul Revere Award’s 1st Prize for Collated Music for the Heifetz Collection Release, Passacaglia for Two Violins by G.F. Handel, arranged by Johan Halvorsen and edited by Jascha Heifetz.  This edition was co-edited by Endre Granat and Stephen Shipps, with music engraving by Nicholas Hopkins.