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Sept. 6, 2007

Gompper and David will perform new and old works on Sept. 16 recital

David Gompper -- pianist, composer and the director of the University of Iowa Center for New Music -- will present a concert with violinist Wolfgang David at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert will include one of Gompper's works alongside premieres of new pieces by his former students.

The program, which the performers describe as "featuring new works by American composers, and selected works from the Canon," will also include works by Johannes Brahms and J.S. Bach. The free concert is part of a tour by the duo that will comprise 10 performances in the United States and Canada.

The complete program for the Sept. 16 recital will be:

--The world premiere of "Pathways" by UI alumnus Joseph Dangerfield.
--The world premiere of "(Ex)changing (Ex)tracts" by UI alumnus Luke Dahn.
--Sonata in A major for violin and piano, op. 100, by Johannes Brahms.
--The monumental Chaconne from the Partita in D minor for solo violin, S1004, by J.S. Bach.
--Gompper's "Echoes," composed earlier this summer.

Other performances on Gompper and David's tour will be Sept. 15 at Coe College; Sept. 19 at Denison University in Granville, Ohio; Sept. 20 at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University; Sept. 21 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; Sept. 24 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.; Sept. 15 at Boston University; Oct. 5 at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.; Oct. 25 at the University of Chicago; Oct. 26 at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa; and Nov. 7 at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.

Dangerfield has written that "Pathways" uses the intervals of fifths and minor seconds to create "melodic lines that work a 'path' through the aggregate. The five-part, one-movement form creates a dialogue with rondo form in that the work continually returns to the same resonant material. 'Pathways' is dedicated to my wife, Ami, who continues to support my work and the path that I chose."

Dangerfield is a 2005 doctoral graduate of the UI. He teaches composition and music theory and directs orchestral activities at Coe College. His works have been performed throughout the United States and in Europe. For more information, see:

"(Ex)changing (Ex)tracts" was written for David and Gompper. The work's opening sound is derived from the closing moments of Gompper's piece for violin and piano, "Star of the County Down." This sound appears in various guises throughout "(Ex)changing (Ex)tracts." At first, the piano's primary role is to provide resonance for the violin's free melodies, but an exchange of roles takes place in the second half of the piece, when the piano becomes more extroverted. The piece ends with a quiet coda.

Dahn earned a doctorate in composition from the UI in 2006. He is currently assistant professor at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, after serving as visiting assistant professor at the UI in last year. More information on Dahn is available at

A three-movement work performed without break, Gompper's "Echoes" serves as the basis for the compoesr's Violin Concerto. "All pitch material comes from a specific series of chords built from 'broken fifths,'" Gompper wrote. "The linear and vertical aspects of the motive create unique circuits or pathways through what I imagine to be tunnels or corridors, filaments or chains of ideas, flexible, that collect or recollect in time and space."

More information on the program is available on the Center for New Music Web site,

Gompper has been professor of composition and director of the Center for New Music at the UI since 1991. His compositions are performed throughout the United States and Europe, and he has taught, presented lectures, and performed around the world. For more information, see More information about the Center for New Music is available at

David has performed in Europe, the United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and South Africa. He is the winner of competitions and prizes including the University of Vienna's "Foundation Stefanie Hohl" award, top prize in the Kulenkampff International Competition (Cologne) and the International Music Competition of Pretoria, South Africa. For more information, see David's Web page

The School of Music and Center for New Music are parts of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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