LAS AM╔RICAS EN CONCIERTO
Songs from South America, Central America and
North America of 20th and 21st centuries
A performance of one of my songs from my song cycle "Auf Wanderung" for soprano and piano.
Poetry of Hermann Hesse.
Mannes College of Music
150 West 85th Street, NYC
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Angelique Zuluaga, soprano
JosÚ Alejandro Roca, piano
Breslau, Decembr 1917
I recently completed a piece for SATB choir, percussion and narrator entitled Breslau, December 1917. A female narrator reads a letter written by Rosa Luxemburg when she was in prison.
The narration is accompanied with chorus and percussionist. I have uploaded it to my Compositions page.
I've completed a quarter-tone piece for flute, violin, cello, trombone and narrator set to a poem by Gregory L. Ford. I am now looking for performers to play the piece.
The poem is entitled "After Patmos" and depicts the inner thoughts of St. John (of Revelations) when exiled on the island of Patmos.
Quarter-tone music is music that divides the octave into 24 equal divisions instead of the usual 12 equal divisions (as the 12 notes in an octave on the piano).
I first experimented with writing quarter-tone music in a flute piece entitled Zephyr written for Christine Perea which was premiered at a
concert of microtonal music at Roulette last fall. (See below for more information about microtonal music.)
What is microtonal music?
A simple definition is music that uses pitches outside the 12 equal-note division of the octave found on the piano. Or, as Charles Ives said, music that “uses the notes between the cracks” of the piano. The microtonal composer's aural palette is the full spectrum of sound an infinite amount of pitches and intervals.
IF YOU'RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH MICROTONAL MUSIC
Click on one of the links below for a YouTube microtonal experience.
Johnny Reinhard - Zelig Mood Ring
Joel Mandelbaum - Woodwind Quintet #2 mvmt 1
John Eaton ĺ─ý Trio in X
Or click here for some Microtonal Listening Pages.
Art of the States' Microtonal Page (Varied Micro mp3s)
Kyle Gann's Page (Several Good Accessible Examples of Micro Music)
Andrew's Microtonal Reading List (Misc Micro links and sound files)
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