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

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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.

New David Stock Album Released by BMOP

Stock ConcertosThe Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) is releasing a new recording of the music of David Stock.  On the BMOP/sound label (1047), the album titled “Concertos” includes: Concierto Cubano with Andres Cardenes playing violin, Oborama featuring all five instruments in the oboe family played by Alex Klein , and Percussion Concerto with soloist Lisa PegherPlease contact our rental department for inquiries or performance materials for any of these works.

David Stock’s final recording collaboration before his untimely death last November, this disc presents the composer closing out the 20th century and forging ahead into the 21st.

David Stock – A Thanksgiving Memorial

David Stock

Composer David Stock (1939-2015)

In this season of Thanksgiving, we honor the life and music of David Stock, who was a leading composer and champion of contemporary music for more than five decades. Stock passed away much too soon from complications arising from a stroke on November 2, 2015 at the age of 76. With his family, friends, and colleagues, we mourn the loss of his formidable voice with sorrow. We offer this humble remembrance, rejoicing that his bright spirit remains among us, embodied in his music.

David Stock (b. June 3, 1939, Pittsburgh) was  Professor Emeritus, Duquesne University, where he conducted the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble. He was a graduate of the Carnegie Institue (now Carnegie-Mellon University) were he met fellow composer and lifelong colleague Tom McKinley. Stock has been Composer‑in‑Residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony,  the Seattle Symphony and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and is Conductor Laureate of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME), which he founded in 1976. His catalog of works containing over 170 titles includes six symphonies, 13 string quartets, a dozen concerti for various instruments, much chamber  solo, and orchestral music, and work for  dance, theater, TV and film. Stock served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and as a host of Da Capo, a weekly series on WQED‑FM in Pittsburgh. In 1992 he was honored with the Creative Achievement Award for Outstanding Artist by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

David Stock was well known as a mentor to young composers through his roles at PNME and Duquesne in addition to his work as a composer. Always generous with his time giving support and advice to up and coming talent, he remained humble and charmed all who knew him with an intelligence and self-deprecating sense of humor despite his many accomplishments. “His willingness to commission the works of young composers made an indelible mark on the new music world,” said his former student Reza Vali, who received his first commission from Mr. Stock in 1984.

David Stock remained prolific throughout his career including this year, when he completed his Thirteenth String Quartet; Wind Power for Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone and Bassoon; Four of a Kind for Saxophone Quartet; and his Second Chamber Concerto for Trumpet, Two Pianos and Two Percussion.

This December, Louisiana State University will premiere his work Double Take for Alto Saxophone, Percussion and Wind Ensemble featuring saxophonist Griffin Campbell and percussionist Brett Dietz, one of Stock’s former students and longtime friends. The concert will be conducted by Damon Talley and will include a memorial given by Mr. Dietz. David Stock had made plans to attend  this important event before his health began to decline.

Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) will be releasing an album consisting of three of Stock’s concerti in January 2016. The recording will feature performances by each respective work’s dedicatee, including Concierto Cubano for Violin and String Orchestra (performed by Andres Cardenes), Percussion Concerto (performed by Lisa Pegher), and Oborama (performed by Alex Klein). The recordings are conducted by BMOP’s Music Director, Gil Rose. Further details to be announced.

David Stock’s considerable body of compositions are infused with influences from the ancient past to the most vital present, including Sephardic and Jewish traditions, modern jazz, minimalism, and the full gamut of tonal palettes found in the music of the last century.

Selected Discography
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Stock American Classics Little MiracleA Little Miracle (2006)
Berlin Radio Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Elizabeth Shammash, Richard Stoltzman, Staphen Burns
Naxos Milken Archive, 8.559422
A Little Miracle, Tekiah, Yerusha, Yizkor

 

Stock American AccentsAmerican Accents (2004)
Seattle Symphony/ Gerard Schwarz
Innova, 586
American Accents
Symphony No. 2
Viola Concerto

 

Schiff Stock Echoes NaxosEchoes (2011)
Seattle Symphony/ Gerard Schwarz
Naxos, 8.559679
Plenty of Horn

 

 

Stock EncoresEncores (2010)
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Dorian Sono Luminus, DSL-92108
Suenos de Sefarad

 

 

Stock Perc LSUIn Motion: The Percussion Music of David Stock (2011)
LSU Percussion Ensemble/ Brett Dietz, et al
Cat Crisis Records (884501642170)
Breathless, Double Bars, Four Corners, Rosewood Reflections, Shadow Music, Starlight, Strike Swinging, Three Vignettes, U-Turn

 

Stock Mountain RoadsMountain Roads (2001)
Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet
Albany, Troy412
Sax Appeal

 

 

Stock Speaking ExtravagantlySpeaking Extravagantly (2002)
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Innova 563
Speaking Extravagantly (String Quartet No. 2), String Quartet No. 3, String Quartet No. 4

 

Stock String Quartets 5-6-7String Quartets (2010)
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Albany, Alb 1188
String Quartets, Nos. 5-7

 

 

Stock Violin Concerto AlbanyViolin Concertos (2009)
Andres Cardenes, Violin; Sinfonia Varsovia/ Ian Hobson
Albany, Troy 1148
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

 

 

Elizabeth Bloom at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette composed this stirring obituary, showing how beloved Mr. Stock and his music remain in the hearts of so many. David Stock’s works are proudly published by Keiser Classical.

 

Happy 75th Birthday to David Stock!

Summer birthday tableAs David Stock marks his 75th birthday this month, we celebrate his considerable contributions to contemporary music, encompassing over 165 published works in nearly every genre including orchestra, wind ensemble, vocal, instrumental and chamber music. Stock continues to compose at a prolific rate, and enjoys performances by some of the most esteemed artist and ensembles in their respective genres. Currently he is working with Boston Modern Orchestra Project on finishing a complete CD containing a collection of his later concerti. The final work to be recorded for the project will be Stock’s Percussion Concerto to be recorded with Lisa Peger. For more details or to contribute funds for the recording, visit hatchfund.

A partial listing of Stock’s recent published works is shown below. Contact Keiser Classical for more information.

 

Fun der Alte Welt for Piano Trio (2012) 11′

“Fun der alte welt” (“From the Old World”) is based on familiar Yiddish tunes such as Der rebbe tanzen and Oyfn Pripetchik. In celebration of its 10th Anniversary Season, the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival presented a special chamber music recital on December 17, 2012. The program, which featured the world premiere of “Fun der Alte Welt”, was part of the Music at Rodef Shalom concert series.

Klezmer Dreams (2013) 8′ Flute(dPicc), Clarinet, 2 Violin, Viola, Cello

This rhapsodic fantasy in a single movement shifts from a lively kli zemer tempo through rubato passages with quasi-improvisational cadenzas and ends with an uptempo “Freilach”. Commissioned by Noah Bendix-Balgley.

Little Star for solo Glockenspiel (2012) 5′

This 5 minute advanced piece for glockenspiel explores the instrument’s shimmering, brilliant tone quality.

Tenth String Quartet (2012) 18′

David Stock is among the most prolific contemporary composers in the string quartet genre. His tenth quartet is a two-part work inspired by Eastern European itinerant Jewish preachers called “Maggid”.

Twelfth String Quartet (2013) 22′

The Twelfth String Quartet demonstrates Stock’s command of the ensemble’s sonority and precision. The work is cast in four movements in an alternating pattern of fast followed by slow. As the work unfolds, a varied sonic landscape ranging from asymmetric grooves to poignant lyricism is revealed.

 

Donald Crockett Spring 2014 update

Composer Donald CrockettDonald Crockett’s Blue Earth for orchestra will be performed by The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose conductor at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on March 28. A recording session follows on April 2 for an all-Crockett disc to be released on the BMOP Sound label. Crockett will be the visiting composer in residence at NEC during the same week.

The version of Dance Concerto for clarinet/bass clarinet and wind ensemble has begun its run with the premiere performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, H. Robert Reynolds, conductor and Stefan Van Sant, soloist on February 9. Commissioned by a consortium of 22 wind ensembles nationwide, the premiere run will continue through the 2014/15 season at schools such as Eastman, University of Michigan, University of Texas, Hartt School, University of Maryland, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Michigan State, Arizona State and many others. For more information on Donald Crockett’s music, contact Keiser Classical.

Reza Vali among NPR Top 10

bestclassical_valiReza Vali’s Toward That Endless Plain: Concerto for Perisan Ney and Orchestra, was named by NPR Classical in the Top 10 recordings of 2013. The work was recorded by Boston Modern Orchestra Project/ Gil Rose, conductor on the BMOP Sound label. For more information on Reza Vali’s music, contact Keiser Classical.