New York, NY — Carl Fischer Music proudly announces a new work for solo violin from Martin Bresnick. Josephine (the Singer) (B3449 - $12.99) takes its title from Franz Kafka’s last published story, Josephine the Singer or the Mouse People. This valedictory tale was Kafka’s prescient meditation both on musical divas and on what he considered might be the future of the Jews as a persecuted minority in Europe in the twentieth century. Bresnick’s composition is an extended passacaglia on a subject derived from Bresnick’s earlier work, Songs of the Mouse People. This subject itself is found to be consistent with the narrow intervals employed in most mouse melodies. Josephine (the Singer) was commissioned by the International Max Rostal competition in Berlin as the required solo composition for violin. For advanced players.
Martin Bresnick’s compositions cover a wide range of instrumentation, from chamber music to symphonic compositions and computer music. His chamber music has been performed in concert by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Sonor; Da Capo Chamber Players; Speculum Musicae; Bang on A Can All Stars; Nash Ensemble; MusicWorks!; Zeitgeist; Left Coast Ensemble; Musical Elements. Born in New York City in 1946, Bresnick was educated at the High School of Music and Art, the University of Hartford (B.A. '67), Stanford University (M.A. '68, D.M.A. '72), and the Akademie für Musik, Vienna ('69-'70). His principal teachers of composition include György Ligeti, John Chowning, and Gottfried von Einem. Presently Professor of Composition and Coordinator of the Composition Department at the Yale School of Music, he has also taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1971-72) and Stanford University (1972-75), among others. Read more about Martin Bresnick here.
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