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Check In for Easter 2013! Commissions, performances etc.

How much new life has come to your work since we checked in last?  Share your successes and links to audio or video.  People that posted in older threads recently feel free to post again here, some of us may have missed your successes!
 
New members, don't be shy.  I believe that pride is very different from arrogance.  Tell us what you are proud of, I for one want to be proud of you too!
 
 
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on March 30, 2013 8:27am
Thanks for the encouragement to us all, Jack. I posted this in an older thread but since you asked... :-)
 
I'm very pleased to say I've had my first 'World Premier' in Seattle this past month for my piece "Mondnacht." I tried to post a Skydrive link to the video but it does not seem to be working so I'll just attach an mp3 file here.
It was sung by the Cascadian Chorale under the direction of Gary Cannon. I'm in the alto section and had the rare (and nerve-wracking) chance to be in for the rehearsal process. Many thanks to Gary and the Chorale for a beautiful interpretation. The whole experience was quite new and very positive for me :-)
Just for kicks I'll try embedding the Skydrive link again here:
 
<iframe src="https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=B8F45042C8465D00&resid=B8F45042C8465D00%211061&authkey=AM6SvdmO-Q7ZbDU" width="165" height="128" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
 
Mp3 linked here:
 
 
Applauded by an audience of 5
on March 30, 2013 11:08am
I can vouch for the very successful premiere of Joy's Mondracht.  I attended both performances by the Cascadian Chorale.  Joy's piece was very beautifully sung and was well received. Congratulations, Joy!
on March 30, 2013 5:46pm
Thank you, Greg! And the same back to you for your Gnostic Poems!
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on April 2, 2013 2:35pm
Sorry-- the Skydrive link does not function well. It's up on YouTube now.
 
 
-J
on March 30, 2013 12:32pm
Hi all!
 
I am happy to announce that my piece "Maria" had its first performance on Swedish television two weeks ago.
It was performed during the sunday service in the Royal Castel in Stockholm by the Castle Church Choir conducted by Mary Ljungqvist Hen.
Please listen to it here - the choir is really good. The music starts at 10:40. http://www.svtplay.se/video/1101444/17-3
If someone would like to get the sheet music then please contact me.
 
All the best
 
Mårten
 
Applauded by an audience of 6
on March 30, 2013 5:11pm
Oh Mårten, that is some of the most beautiful music these ears have ever heard.  You could not have written a piece that pulls at my heart strings more perfectly.  You sir, are indeed shining brightly.  Please share the text in Swedish or in English translation.  Consider posting that to the showcase so I can promote it.
 
OK I couldn't wait: "The holy Spirit will rub your feet" is a great line. So much better in Swedish though.
on March 31, 2013 5:38pm
Jack and all the rest of You!
 
Thank You ever so much for nice and touching words!
I will hopefully soon be able to post the composition in the showcase - it is though a commission so I need to get som sort of approval before I can do that.
 
In the meantime here is the text - made for this occation by my new friend swedish authour and poet Einar Askestad.
 
Maria (IV)
 
Maria
var finns din himmel?
 
Maria,
ett liv bland alla andra,
utvald
för att bli bortvald.
 
En son utan like
reser sig ur dig,
bortom dig,
in i himmel.
 
Maria
ett hem för den flyende,
bröstet
för den nyfödde.
 
Maria
var finns din himmel?
 
Länge förblir din vandring,
ett rö för vinden,
den helige anden.
Vem skall smörja dina fötter?
 
Maria,
här bland alla oss andra,
under himlen,
ett rö för vinden.
Vi finns för dig,
uppstånden är din son,
han är tystnaden i sången,
fadern på jorden.
 
Maria,
här är din himmel
 
Mary (IV)

Mary
where is your heaven?

Mary,
a life among all the others,
selected
to be deselected.

A son unprecedented
rise out of you,
beyond you,
into the heaven.

Mary
a home for the fugitive,
breast
for the newborn.

Mary
where is your heaven?

Long will your walk,
a reed in the wind,
the Holy Spirit.
Who will rub your feet?

Mary,
here among all of us,
under heaven;
a reed in the wind.
We are there for you,
Risen is your son,
He is the silence of the song,
father on earth.

Mary,
Here is your heaven
 
 
A more accurate an poetical translation will be made by the author so I can make an english and/or german version of the composition.
 
Thanks again to You all and best regards
 
Mårten

 

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on March 31, 2013 5:03am
Wow that's really beautiful Mårten! Congratulations :)
on March 31, 2013 10:12am
very beautiful.
on March 30, 2013 1:41pm
Dear Marten,
 
congratulations, that´s Great!
 
Marek
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on March 30, 2013 1:51pm
Thanks Marek and also thanks to Jack for always being supporting!
Mårten
on March 30, 2013 9:01pm
The California All-State Women's Chorus sang I shall keep singing! (SSA + harp, Emily Dickinson) last weekend, and 
I didn't have to leave San Jose to hear it.  
 
My piece Remember (SATB, Susan Cooper) was picked up by the PROJECT:ENCORE database of the Schola Cantorum on Hudson.
The piece was was included on a recording issued by Albany Pro Musica, under David Janower.  (David had a stroke
recently - you can see the news on ChoralNet - so I have been hoping for his speedy recovery.)
 
I finished three comissioned pieces.  These will be premiered in May and June, along with some other
pieces of mine.  I have to decide if I want to travel with one of the choirs to England this Summer,
so I can play horn in one of my pieces on tour.  
 
Brian Holmes
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on April 12, 2013 9:52am
Don't even think twice, Brian!  Go to England!  Play your horn!  Your music is so wonderful, you should be there to appreciate it along with your audiences!
Congratulations!
on March 31, 2013 5:09am
Oh a few things up here! Working on a new commission by the Reykjavík Cathedral Choir, will be performed in the fall. 
 
A couple of things performed in concert the other day, not heard here before:
 
 
My daughter's in that choir, number 6 from the left (in the first song) :)
 
Happy Easter to all!
 
Hildigunnur
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on March 31, 2013 5:41pm
Wonderfull Hildigunnur!
Please say hi to Jón from me when You see him!
 
Mårten
on March 31, 2013 9:18am
Finished up two commissions in the last few months, including a Latin Nuptial Mass.
 
I am also very pleased with the sales so far of my new CD, IN THIS PLACE, which was many years in the making and features superb choral singing by the Artists Vocal Ensemble. 
 
 
Happy Easter to all,
Frank 
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on March 31, 2013 4:00pm
In the course of this conversation, and as a DIRECT result of the composition showcase I've had another piece taken up by a group caled "Espressivo" in Florida. I haven't receieved the performance details but the order has been given and the invoice and score sent. I assume it's for this upcoming Christmas season. Yay!
The piece is called "Jesus." I arranged a completely a capella version of it last year  an academy choir in Virginia under the direction of Michael Sandvik. It was performed last Christmas.
 
Applauded by an audience of 3
on April 1, 2013 8:05pm
"As a direct result of the composition showcase!" Woo Hoo!! 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on March 31, 2013 5:50pm
My new setting of "Victimae Paschali Laudes" for choir, organ, brass, and string quartet was premiered this morning at Church of the Little Flower, Bethesda, Maryland, with Caleb Wenzel conducting. Unfortunately I couldn't be there for the service - but many thanks to Caleb for commissioning me and performing the piece! I am eager to hear the recording! 
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on April 1, 2013 8:47am
It's very exciting to see and hear all of these accomplishments! Congrats to all!
 
I have a few exciting things to share as well.  I had the pleasure of singing my "Lord's Prayer" with the La Crosse Chamber Chorale on a couple of concerts back in February.  I was very pleased with the performance and will try to provide a link to the recording as soon as I get off my butt and actually rip the CD on to my computer :)  There are a couple other performances of "Lord's Prayer" scheduled in various places over the next couple of months.  The piece has done well so far!
 
Yesterday, I conducted a performance of my piece, "By His Stripes" with my church choir for our Easter service.  I was missing four of my better singers to illness, so the performance wasn't as good as some of the rehearsals, but it was still nice to hear the piece sung.
 
My piece "Autumn" will be premiered by the Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI) Concert Choir on April 27th.
 
I recently finished scoring a short digital film for a friend who is in grad. school for digital/graphic media.  I found the 'film scoring' process to be really fun and challenging.  He seems to like the finished product, so I guess it all worked out well.  I was nervous about how well my interpretation of his storyline/theme/mood would match with what he really had in mind.
 
This week I will be starting a new choral commission for the Nacoochee Presbyterian Church, who also will be performing my "Lord's Prayer."
 
 
 
 
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on April 4, 2013 6:45am
 
Hey folks,
If you're in or near Minneapolis this weekend, I'm taking part in Essentially Choral with Vocal Essence for the next few days. There will be a "reading Session" on Saturday, 10am-1pm, where all the pieces will be presented. My piece, "If Ever There Is," is part of the program. For more info, check out the link above... Thanks,  Rich
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on April 12, 2013 10:31am
A quick follow-up. Had a wonderful experience at Essentially Choral last weekend. 6 composers working on their pieces with Philip Brunelle & the 32 voice professional choir the Vocalessence Ensemble Singers, along wth guest conductor/composer Francisco Núñez. Rehearsals on Thursday & Friday evenings, one-one sessions to discuss the piece & possible approaches/edits, etc... informational sessions on grant writing and other topics, and a final reading session on Saturday. Great folks, a great program. I'm grateful to have been invited.
on April 9, 2013 7:44am
Congratulations to everyone on your continued successes! It's so wonderful to see a thriving community of composers as well as choirs that promote new music!
 
I was honored to attend the premiere of three new works commissioned by Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire in December. You can listen to recordings here.
 
I am also honored to share I was recently awarded the Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Music Composition from the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
My work, Nada Te Turbe, will be performed by the National Lutheran Choir in Minnesota as well as at ALCM's national conference in Valparaiso, Indiana. See here for concert info.
 
New commissions include the Minnesota All-State Choir and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay - both set to premiere in 2014.
 
I am also hard at work on a consortium commission for solo piano, chorus, and orchestra set to premiere in November at the National WWII Museum with the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. The work, Dreams of the Fallen, is a setting of texts by Brian Turner - Iraq War veteran and acclaimed poet. You can read the featured article in the NY Times to learn more about this project. Other orchestras involved are the Dayton Philharmonic, Virginia Arts Festival, Rockford Symphony, and Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey.
 
I look forward to hearing more of your successes and being a part of this amazing community of composers!
 
All best,
 
Jake Runestad
 
 
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on April 14, 2013 7:58am
Hello everyone! I'm new to the community, and it's exciting to see so many great things happening out there. Here are a few bits of news from my corner of the world.

I've got a premiere happening tomrorrow by the Flower Mound Jaguar Choir (Mark Rohwer, director). "Epitaph" for SATB and viola.

A new men's group in TN called BealeCanto is premiering a new piece "We Made a Grave For Him" this weekend. It was commissioned to be a companion piece to an eariler piece of mine "And Her Smoke Rose Up Forever." A reecording of that can be found here.

Cantus just performed the middle-east premiere of a piece of mine called "Luceat Eis," which was commissioned for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. A recording is here.

This weekend The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists are performing my piece "A Worshipper and a Man" in their round of concerts. Here's a video of that one.

Last year I wrote for a consortium of advanced women's choirs, and the choir Lyran gave their premiere in Helsinki.

The Minnesota All-State Men's Choir premiered the piece I wrote for them called "Goodbye, Then," for TBB, clarinet and piano. Here's a recording.

I had a solo cello piece premiere in February. (What!! Cello music? We don't do that here...)

I also wrote for a consortium fo 26 young men's choirs from around the world, and they've been performing three pieces throughout the season. "Empty," "It's Not the Fact That I Will Die That I Mind," and "Go."

February also saw the premiere of a piece for double men's choir, a setting of Salve Regina. This was premiered in South Bend by the Notre Dame Glee Club and Cantus.
 
These days I'm working on a new a cappella piece for a high school men's choir festival in Tennessee, settling on the text for a piece for Eden Praire High School for SATB and piano, putting together a consortium of women's choirs to write for (anyone interested?), and the publishing company that I co-own is also putting together a consortium of young men's choirs for two new pieces by Dale Warland and Jocelyn Hagen.
 
Thanks for lending your ear. Best wishes to all!
 
Tim
 
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on April 14, 2013 12:50pm
Hello Tim, and welcome to this community!
 
Wow - what a lot of performances!  Would you describe yourself as a full-time composer?
 
I just wanted to point out that the various links you have given to recordings and videos, etc don't seem to be working - although I'm using an iPad, and haven't checked this out on my desktop, which might make a difference.
 
Greetings from the UK, and best wishes for all your musical endeavours,
 
Gordon
on April 14, 2013 2:31pm
You left out the best part about Luceat Eis.  It was commisioned by the family members of someone who was lost on 9/11!  What an opportunity and responsibility to create something beautiful and lasting.  Was that an unusual amount of pressure for you?
 
Tim, I have enjoyed getting to know your music throughout this past week.  Would you mind sharing what your role is with Cantus?  They are a wonderful choir, Id like to know more.
 
I have been considering somehow recognizing choirs that are composer friendly.  This is just the start of an idea, but it may grow into an activity for our community.  Directors take a chance when they commission new works, we had better find a way to show our gratitude to their directing boards. 
on April 14, 2013 9:37pm
So let's try this again. Here's a recap of the links, using Jack's linking protocol:
 
"And Her Smoke Rose Up Forever" TTBB
http://timothyctakach.com/Works/AndHerSmoke.html
 
"Luceat Eis" TTBB, 9/11 commission
 
"A Worshipper and a Man" SATB
 
 
Gordon, no I'm not a full-time composer. Just busy! My full time job is as a singer with Cantus. This is my 17th year in the group - it started back when we were students in college. I sing bass and do graphic design (publicity, CD packages, etc.) for the group.
 
"Luceat Eis" was unique because it was a private commission from a gentlemen who wanted to memorialize a friend he had lost that day. He funded it, Cantus agreed to at least premiere it, and then I wrote it. I got it done early enough that Cantus was able to read it through and know that it would be a good fit for that coming year's touring program. I did feel pressure to make sure that the commissioner liked it, and also I knew that I wanted it to be something that Cantus would find useful.

Cantus does a lot of new music, but there's not a huge part of our operating budget that is designated for commissions. We depend a lot on grant funding for those. We do have the luxury of having a couple guys in the group who write and arrange, so we're able to fill any holes in our programs that way. But that's a lot different than setting out to have a new piece created.

Thanks for the welcome!
 
Tim
 
www.timothyctakach.com
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on April 15, 2013 4:30pm
Hello, all.  Just released:  ”Crystal River” ~ I set new lyrics to the Welsh melody Calon Lân and Heather Sorenson arranged it.
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on April 15, 2013 4:50pm
...I also had a fun "question and answer time" as the composer of "Who Has Heard the Music?" with delightful young singers during their rehearsal for an elementary choral festival recently in Chocolatetown, USA (Hershey, PA).
on April 16, 2013 12:13am
This is lovely, Julie, and the sound file works really well!
on April 16, 2013 3:49am
Thanks, Gordon! :-)
on April 17, 2013 2:07pm
Chris Hutchings and Greg Bartholomew both composed works for my choir AppleChor as part of the porject Julia got started.  I am so pleased that composers in our communtiy were willing to include my choir in their generosity.   We rehearse seperately by section, sopranos on Tuesdays for 45 minutes and Altos on Wednesday for 45 minutes.  9 of the past 12 weeks have had one or both rehearsals disrupted due to weather or the trials of running a choir during the elementary school day. 
 
Today we had our first combined rehearsal and it went extremely well.  A choir that started the year unable to sing in harmony has grown and improved to a whole new level.    This rehearsal is a huge weight off my shoulders. We will be recording the works for the composers and will put the videos up when ready. 
 
Thanks to Chris and Greg and all who took part in the project.  Did anyone else compsoe for the project and have their works successfully performed yet?
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