MARTIN BRESNICK
Passions of Bloom – Whitman, Melville, Dickinson
(2017)

An Oratorio
Commission: Commissioned by the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas.
Premiere: June 20, 21 2017. Yale Choral Artists, Jeff Douma, conductor; Sprague Hall, New Haven, CT (20), Norfolk Shed, Norfolk, CT (21).
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Premiere Recording – Eckardt: Athrium filix-femina: Lady Fern

A COMPENDIUM OF CATSKILL NATIVE BOTANICALS, FROM BOOK 2: “ATHRIUM FILIX-FEMINA: LADY FERN”
ArpaViva (S001); April 10, 2017
Performer(s): Victoria Jordanova, harp
Work(s): Athrium filix-femina: Lady Fern

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Convention Season 2017

This year, music educator conventions will bring us to Florida, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Minneapolis. Look for our exhibit booths and be sure to catch these clinics presented by our Editor in Chief, Larry Clark, and our Choral/Vocal Music Editor, Denise Eaton.
 
Booth visitors will have the opportunity to enter to win a $100 gift card by joining our mailing list. Each convention that we attend will have one winner per day!
 

  • Florida Music Education Association
    Tampa, FL — January 11-14, 2017

    Booth: 2015
    Exhibit Hall Hours:
    Thursday, January 12 — 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
    Friday, January 13 — 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
    Saturday, January 14 — 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


    Events

    Marches: The Key to a Successful Band

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    Presented by Larry Clark

    Thursday, January 12, 2017
    1:45pm-2:45pm
    TCC room 9

    The judge of a good band is based on how well they perform marches. Marches are part of the heritage of the band, but they are also excellent tools to improve, tone, technique, balance, blend, intonation and musicianship. This clinic will show you how to use them as an essential part of your rehearsal strategies.

    Beyond The Notes On The Page

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    Presented by Denise Eaton

    Thursday, January 12, 2017
    1:45pm-2:45pm
    TCC room 39

    Veteran educator and author Denise Eaton will demonstrate her approach to implementing three essential ingredients to beautiful choral performances: tone production, unified vowel formation and expressive text treatment. Using the complimentary music packet provided, she will also illustrate how sequential skill building throughout the year is possible with intentional repertoire selection.

  • Ohio Music Education Association
    Cleveland, Ohio — February 2-4, 2017

    Booths: 222 & 224
    Exhibit Hall Hours:
    Thursday February 2 — 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Friday February 3 — 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Saturday February 4 — 9:00 am to 12:30 pm


    Events

    In the Eye of the Beholder – Picking Quality Music

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    Presented by Larry Clark

    Thursday, February 2, 2017
    3:30pm-4:30pm
    Room CC 24

    As a music educator, choosing the right piece for your students’ needs often means sifting through thousands of choices, making this already subjective process even more difficult. What one person thinks is the greatest piece ever written could be annoying drudgery for someone else. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there is a melody for everyone and no one is more qualified to decide what your students will enjoy than you. This clinic will break down some common characteristics of quality music that will help you to choose great music consistently for your ensembles.

    Something for Everyone

    Denise Eaton

    Presented by Denise Eaton

    Friday, February 3, 2017
    2:30pm-3:30pm
    Room CC 1

    Carl Fischer choral music that “works”: Veteran educator Denise Eaton will showcase many of the recently published Carl Fischer chorals in a variety of voices, all accessible for secondary and above choirs. A complimentary packet will be provided.

  • Texas Music Educators Association
    San Antonio, TX — February 8-11, 2017

    Booths: 10129 & 10131
    Exhibit Hall Hours:
    Thursday, February 9 — 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday, February 10 — 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday, February 11 — 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


    Events

    Publisher Showcase

    Denise Eaton
    Presented by Denise Eaton and others

    Thursday, February 9, 2017
    6:30pm-8:30pm
    CC Hemisfair Ballroom 3

    Join the clinicians as they present popular and new two-part concert chorals along with dynamic new resources, collections and musicals.

    Beyond The Notes On The Page

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    Presented by Denise Eaton

    Friday, 2/10/2017
    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Grand Hyatt Lone Star ABC

    Veteran educator and author Denise Eaton will demonstrate her approach to implementing three essential ingredients to beautiful choral performances: tone production, unified vowel formation and expressive text treatment. Using the complimentary music packet provided, she will also illustrate how sequential skill building throughout the year is possible with intentional repertoire selection.

  • American String Teachers Association
    Pittsburgh, PA — March 1–4, 2017

    Booths: 609 & 611
    Exhibit Hall Hours:
    Thursday, March 2 — 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Friday, March 3 — 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
    Saturday, March 4 — 10:00 am – 1:30 pm


    Events

    Significant New Literature from Carl Fischer Music

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    Presented by Larry Clark

    Thursday, March 2, 2017
    3:45pm — 4:45pm

    Picking quality literature for your string orchestra is very important. The works you choose to perform will form the basis of your curriculum and will directly affect the success of your program. Editor-in-Chief, Larry Clark, will present the best new string orchestra pieces for all levels from the Carl Fischer Music catalog. Attendees are invited to participate, so please bring your instrument and play along.

  • American Choral Directors Association
    Minneapolis, MN — March 8-11, 2017

    Booths: 435 & 437
    Exhibit Hall Hours:
    Wednesday, March 8 — 9:00am-1:30pm & 3:00pm-7:00pm
    Thursday, March 9 — 9:00am-1:30pm & 3:00pm-7:00pm
    Friday, March 10 — 9:00am-1:30pm & 3:00pm-7:00pm
    Saturday, March 11 — 9:00am-1:00pm


    Events

    Industry Showcase — BriLee Music

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    Presented by Denise Eaton

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    3:00 pm
    Room L100/A & B

    Find Your Fit – Selections for Every Choir from BriLee Music

    Industry Showcase — Carl Fischer Music

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    Presented by Denise Eaton

    Thursday, March 9, 2017
    12:00 pm
    Room L100/A & B

    Flexible Solutions for Any Ensemble From Carl Fischer Music

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Composer Spotlight: Martin Bresnick

…more than almost any living composer I know of,
he is able to take the most basic, plain materials and spin them out into compelling dramatic structures…
–Fanfare
Over the past few months, throngs of friends and admirers have gathered to help celebrate Martin Bresnick’s 70th birthday (November 13). Bang on a Can curated events on July 26th and September 11th in honor of their former teacher. Similarly, members of the Yale faculty paid tribute to their colleague’s milestone birthday on October 18th with a specially dedicated program. The celebrations continued on November 6th as a star-studded night of performances at the National Sawdust in New York City ushered in the beginning of Bresnick’s 70th year.
The stylistic range of Martin Bresnick’s music makes it difficult to pin down, but it is always “marked by an economy of materials and lyrical intensity” (Kyle Gann, American Music in the Twentieth Century). We encourage you to browse through the catalog highlights below and discover why so many champion his music.
  • ANGELUS NOVUS
    for Orchestra
    3 3(dbl. E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3 0; Timp. Perc. Str.

    …this is music not to sum up in a few words, but to sink your teeth into and reflect upon at length.

    –Village Voice

    Bresnick on “Angelus Novus”

    GRACE
    for Two Marimbas and Orchestra
    Solo mar.(2); 0 2 2 2 – 2 0 0 0; Str.

    Unmistakably American in its dialect, it’s still not hard to hear Stravinsky (or at least Nadia Boulanger) hovering approvingly in the background.

    –American Record Guide

    MY FRIEND’S STORY
    An Opera: Prologue, 3 Scenes, Epilogue
    (Based on the story “Strakh” by Anton Chekhov)

    There were sincere ovations and gasps of admiration heard throughout the performance, and the sort of curtain-call reception which any theater creator would hope for. You felt part of something special just by showing up.

    –New Haven Theater Jerk

    THE WAY IT GOES
    for Orchestra
    2(1 dbl. Fl.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 1Perc. Str.

    …effective as a call to action; and in the light of Ferguson, Missouri, and similar events, Mr. Bresnick’s “call” was an action worthy of multiple hearings.

    –Idyllwild Town Crier

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  • BALLADE
    for Cello and Piano

    … [a] blend of lyricism and cragginess…

    –Fanfare

    EVERY THING MUST GO
    for Saxophone Quartet

    If anyone ever doubted the power and beauty of a saxophone quartet, PRISM’s presentation of this work would quickly change their mind. It left me speechless.

    –ArtsWatch

    Bresnick on “Every Thing Must Go”

    FANTASIA ON A THEME BY WILLIE DIXON
    for Piano, Organ, Violin, Vibraphone, Electric Guitar, Bass Clarinet, and Drum Set

    …it is evidence of an American composer whose ears are wide open…

    –New World Records

    Bresnick on “Fantasia on a Theme by…”

    JUST TIME
    for Woodwind Quintet

    …an unusually resonant sound, warmer and less “tart” than that usually heard in wind quintets.

    –Rovi Joseph Stevenson

    MY TWENTIETH CENTURY
    for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano

    Although it begins as though it might be some sort of minimalist piece…
    it develops into something completely different, nostalgic, deep, and beautiful, and having a very specific relationship to its text.

    –Tempo

    Bresnick on “My Twentieth Century”

    PRAYERS REMAIN FOREVER
    for Cello and Piano

    …dark, brooding and emotionally substantial…

    –Gramophone

    …exemplifies the power formal craftsmanship can have to ensnare the ear and make a visceral emotional connection.

    –Time Out New York

    Bresnick on “String Quartet No. 2”

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  • BAG O’TELLS
    for Mandolin

    …seek[s] to synthesize the musical past and a unique voice of the present.

    –The Yale Alumni Magazine

    A coherent multi-sensorial work, it invites sustained attention from a far wider audience than ‘pure’ concert music can hope to do.

    –RealTime Online Magazine

    HIGH ART
    for Solo Piccolo with Optional Toy Piano

    His music is formally clear, and it has a combination of a direct expressivity and a rigorous method, as well as a real sense of sonic immediacy.

    –John Harbison

    ISHI’S SONG
    for Solo Piano

    Mercifully free of stereotypic trappings of negativity — just listen to the chiming, dancing turns of “Ishi’s Song” — you’ll find Bresnick handing you refreshingly new and yet fully authentic meditations on things we least understand.

    –Porter Anderson

    JOSEPHINE (THE SINGER)
    for Solo Violin

    …a significant contribution to the solo violin repertoire.

    –NewMusicBuff

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  • Take a glimpse into the world behind many of Martin Bresnick’s works.

  • Angelus Novus
    (Part of “Opera della Musica Povera”) for Orchestra
    Bread and Salt
    for Mixed Ensemble
    B’s Garlands
    for Eight Solo Violoncellos
    Caprichos Enfáticos
    for Piano and Percussion Quartet
    Falling
    for Solo Mezzo-soprano and Orchestra
    Fanfare
    for Brass Ensemble
    Fantasia on a Theme by Willie Dixon
    for Chamber Ensemble
    Grace
    for Two Marimbas and Orchestra
    Little Suite
    for String Orchestra
    My Friend’s Story
    An Opera: Prologue, 3 Scenes, Epilogue
    Pine Eyes
    for Narrator and Mixed Ensemble
    Prophetic Strain
    (Movement II from “Pan Penseroso”) for Two Flutes and Orchestra
    Sinfonia
    (part of “Opera della Musica Povera”) for Orchestra
    The Way It Goes
    for Orchestra
    Wir Weben Wir Weben
    for String Orchestra

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Composer Marga Richter at 90

Marga Richter

October 21st, 2016 marks the 90th birthday of Carl Fischer Music composer Marga Richter. A daughter of American soprano Inez Chandler and granddaughter of German composer/conductor Richard Richter, Marga Richter was born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin in 1926. In 1943, the family moved to New York so that she could enroll at the Juilliard School where she majored in composition with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti, and studied piano with Rosalyn Tureck, receiving a Master’s Degree in 1951. While still in her twenties, a series of pieces commissioned by MGM Records brought national recognition.

Today she is living in Long Island and is still passionate for composing. Marga considers music, in her own words, as “both a compulsion and a joy.” It is a consistent passion in her life. Marga says “Every day, whether or not I actually spend time composing a new piece, revising or re-editing or resurrecting an old piece, I am thinking about doing so. It sometimes takes hours and hours to find exactly the right solution.”

Here is a video including her works “Out of Shadows and Solitude,” “Quantum Quarks of a Quick Quaint Quark,” and “Spectral Chimes: Enshrouded Hills.”

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