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UI Composers Workshop opens '98-'99 season Sept. 27 with concert
of five new works
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Composers Workshop of the University of Iowa
School of Music will open its 1998-99 season with a free concert of new
works by composition students at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 in Clapp Recital
Hall on the UI campus.
A collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School
of Music, the Composers Workshop is devoted to the performance of music
written at the UI. Several times each semester, concerts are organized
of new works by student composers. Since there is no standing ensemble
for the workshop to draw upon, composers recruit the performers for each
Martin Jenni, a professor of music in the theory and composition department
of the School of Music who supervises the workshop, commented: "The
Composers Workshop provides a wonderful opportunity for composers and performers
to work together, and both groups benefit. The performers can know exactly
what the composer wants because the composer is right there. On the other
hand, the composer gets constant feedback from the performers, learning
what does or doesn't work in a particular situation."
Five works will be performed on the Sept. 27 concert. The first, Two
Songs for baritone and piano by doctoral composition student Edgar Crockett
is a setting of two poems by the composer's father. The first poem, "La
Reve des Revieres" (The dream of the rivers) reflects on the brevity
of life, and the second, "Pavanne," describes a memory of domestic
life in the Crockett household.
Masters composition student Mark Chubb wrote "Elevator Operator
for digital tape" in the fall of 1977, as the culmination of his first
semester's study of electronic music, and he recently revised the piece
in light of his increasing experience with electronic media. The title
refers to the use of high and low frequencies.
"Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter" is master's student
J.J. Hudson's setting for mezzo-soprano and piano of a poem by Robert Bly.
Hudson says he identified with the scenario of the poem and "intended
to capture the late-night icy solitude in which the poem's speaker finds
"Improvisation Practice Number 100" for saxophone and piano
by master's composition student Alexandre Lunsqui is what the title suggests,
a freely constructed piece that involves improvisation by the performers
on musical material specified by the composer.
"Tasten" for solo piano by doctoral composition student Dimitri
Papageorgiou takes its title from a German word that has several musical
meanings. As a noun it means "keys," as of a keyboard instrument,
and as a verb it means "to touch," or by extension, to play on
a keyboard instrument.
The Composer's Workshop concerts are organized by Crockett, as part
of an assistantship with the composition department at the UI School of