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The Harmony Games
After fighting for as long as anyone could remember, four families come together through the power of music.
This is a new Educational/Family concert for chamber orchestra and narrator that introduces young concertgoers to the families and instruments that comprise the orchestra, while demonstrating numerous ways in which math and music are related. It is interactive, inspirational, and fun for all. Audiences, parents, musicians, and educators alike have been glowing in their reviews.
ca. 50’ (42’ + optional interactive Q+A with more material and demonstrations 5’-10’ where kids get to conduct etc.)
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Premiered by Radu Paponiu and the Naples Philharmonic, on 25 September 2017 in Naples, Florida.
A Fidelio Symphony
My arrangement of Beethoven’s music from Fidelio into a symphony. There are three parts: Introduktion, Aktion, Aptheose. The music follows the arc of the opera and incorporates the vocal lines into the texture of the orchestra. It is dramatic, lyric and showcases the beauty and power of Beethoven’s opera in the symphonic hall.
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Premiered (recording) by Yaniv Segal and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on 17 May 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.
Sonata for Orchestra
Op. 30 No. 2b
Together with composer and educator Garrett Schumann, we have re-orchestrated Beethoven’s magnificent Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 30 No. 2 in c minor in the style of Beethoven. Thus we have created a new c minor symphony that parallels, precedes, and foreshadows his most dramatic Symphony No. 5.
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Premiered by Yaniv Segal and the Naples Philharmonic on 16 March 2017 in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Concerto for Cello
Written for my friend Erich-Schoen Rene, this work highlights the dramatic and technical abilities of the cello. The first movement, Capriccio is based on an earlier Caprice I wrote for cello solo, and is pointillistic and pits the cello against the orchestra. The second movement, Undulation, features contemplative, wandering and meandering music, contrasting greatly with the fragmented first movement. The last movement, Electricity, features the cello as if drifting around a big city, where each turn down a new street yields new surprises.
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Premiered by Erich Schoen-Rene (cello) and Reuben Blundell with the Chelsea Symphony on 31 January 2015 in New York City.
The Rite of Spring
I reduced, updated, and rearranged Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for a modern orchestra. In order to maintain some of his unique colors, I added a few percussion instruments, electric guitar, and saxophone. Otherwise it is a reduction in the strictest sense, so that it can be performed with smaller chamber orchestras while maintaining the harmony and sound of the original Rite.
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Premiered by Yaniv Segal and the Chelsea Symphony on 25 October 2013, in New York City.
My master’s thesis written as a grad student at the University of Michigan.
The phoenix is a legendary bird that is inspiring and awesome in its might. The creature dies by bursting into flame, only to rise again from its ashes, even more majestic than before.
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Premiered by Yaniv Segal and the University of Michigan’s University Symphony Orchestra on 16 February 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Caprice for Solo Cello
Commissioned by Richard Aaron for his cello studios at the University of Michigan and the Juilliard Schools. This short work for solo cello explores a few melodic cells in an exciting and technically demanding fashion.
Premiered by Nathaniel Pierce on 14 December 2012 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Written as an encore/flashy piece, this work brings down the house! Audiences laugh and cheer, and it is fun for the performers as well. It can be performed by violin solo, but is better together with piano.
violin and piano
Most recently performed by Glenn Basham and Jodie de Salvo on 30 and 31 January 2017 in Naples, Florida.
String Quartet No. 1
Written while a student at Michigan in a post-romantic idiom. The two movements are of roughly equal length; the first is wistful, and the second is punchy with a middle section that quotes a Hungarian folk dance.
I. Slow, remembering
II. Fast, folk dance
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“in memory of”
I wrote several pieces of music for my own wedding: Fanfare, Bridal Party, in memory of, Recessional. I was fortunate to have lovely friends perform these pieces (and more) at our wedding.
“in memory of” was written as a memorial tribute to Joanna’s mother Susan, who unexpectedly passed away the year before, and my aunt Susan who had also recently lost her battle with cancer. This performance is from a live student recital with me playing the piano.