Calgary, Canada – November 23, 2012

Performance by the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble
November 23, 2012
Concert at the Arrata Opera Center

Voices of the rainforest for flute, cello and piano.

Voices of the rainforest was performed by the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble at the concertOn Biophony along with works by George Crumb and others.
Published by Hofmeister MusikVerlag.Available for sale.  

The premiere recording of Voices of the Rainforest performed by the Meininger-Trio is released on Haensler Records and available atAmazon.com 

Biophony

Colores Andaluces for Cello and Piano

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano has been recorded by Milos Mlejnik, Violoncello and piano, Rainer Gepp, piano, of the Meininger-Trio on the album Dert Seelenvogel – Soulbird!. This album also includes music by Astrid Spitznagel, Cecilia McDowall, and Stefans Grove.

Colores Andaluces for cello and piano is published by Hofmeister MusikVerlag.

 

Hong Kong – November 3, 2012

Performance by Stanley Wong

November 3, 2012
Concert at the Hong Kong Recital Hall

Mirage for piano 

Pianist Stanley Wong celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year Holidays performing two works by Elisenda Fabregas at the concert Fire and Ice
Parsons Music Recital Hall 14/F, Times Square Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

Mirage (1997) and Homenatge a Mompou (2006) are published by
and available at Hidden Oaks Music Company
A live recording of Mirage performed by Roger Wright
is available on ABC Classics at Amazon.com

Homenatge a Mompou was commissioned and premiered by Marcel Worms.
Listen to Marcel Worms performing Homenatge a Mompou on Youtube

 

Lansing, Michigan – October 28, 2012

Performance by the Icarus Trio at the Lansing Orchestra Chamber Music Series
October 28, 2012
Concert at the Molly Grove Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, Lansing

Voces de mi tierra for flute, cello and piano.

In addition to Voces de mi tierra, the Icarus Trio program included works by Norman Dello Joio, Ginastera, and Manuel de Falla among others.

Published by Hofmeister Musik Verlag.

Meininger-Trio‘s recording ofVoces de mi tierra for flute, cello & piano is released on the Haenssler PROFIL EDITION label distributed by Naxos. Available at Amazon.com 

Two new works for violin

written for Hungarian concert violinist

Rodrigo Puskás

Ancient Walls for solo violin (2012) 
Wandering spirit for violin and piano (2013) 

Hungarian concert violinist Rodrigo Puskás superb artistry and distintive style of playing, characterized by a ‘beautifully moving and warm’ singing tone, along with breathtaking virtuosity, inspired the composer to write two works for him.

Ancient walls (2012) is a one-movement work for the violin that echoes the sounds of the ancient world. The title is a metaphor for the ‘walls’ that, literally and figuratively, sometimes separate cultures and people from each other; and also alludes to the common European heritage shared by Puskás and the composer, both natives of fiercely independent cultures that have struggled over time to retain their identity.
Ancient Walls is published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag. 

Wandering spirit for violin and piano (2013) is a musical metaphor for the quest for truth, which is symbolized musically by moments of discovery, with longing and soaring solo lines in the violin, and moments of struggle marked by dissonant interaction between the violin and the piano. This work ends with a bright major harmony through which both the music resolves and the quest comes to an end.
Wandering spirit is published by Hidden Oaks Music Company.  

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Two performances in Freiburg – May 31, 2012 and June 6, 2012

Voices of the Rainforest (2007) for flute, cello and piano

Trio Quer-Strich
May 31, 2012 and June 6, 2012
Freiburg venues

The premiere recording ofVoices of the Rainforest performed by the Meininger-Trio is available on Haensler Records. This recording features also music by Libby Larsen,Chen Yi and Kate Waring. Here is a sneak preview of its cover and contents!

 

 

Premiere in Hwaseong, South-Korea – May 26, 2012, 5 PM

Retorn a la terra (2012)

for narrator, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, and double bass
texts by Catalan poets Josep Carner and Joan Maragall.

Virtuoso Ensemble 
under the direction of Unai Urrecho and narrator Jong Hoon Yoo
Dong Tan Art Center of Hwaseong
May 26, 2012, 5 PM

Unai Urrecho and Jong Hoon Yoo narrator at the Hwaseong Arts Center (Ban Sook Concert Hall of the Dong Tan Art Center of Hwaseong) on May 26, 2012. The Virtuoso Ensemble includes Rodrigo Puskas, violin; Hyo Sun Lee, double bass; Hyonsuk Kim, clarinet; Nguyen Bao Anh, bassoon; Eric Robins, trumpet; Lim Hyun Su, trombone; and Kevin Clarke, percussion.

This composition was inspired by two poem in the Catalan language: Retorn a Catalunya by Josep Carner and La Sardana by Joan Maragall. Carner’s poem describes both the excitement and nostalgia he feels on returning to his country after a long absence. Maragalls’s poem is an homage to the sardana, the National dance of Catalunya. This work has three movements – the first and the second are connected. Carner’s poem is read at various points throughout the first and second movements. Only one paragraph from Maragall’s poem is read at the beginning of the third movement.

I. La serra de foc (The mountain of fire) is inspired by the poem’s sense of expectation and excitement at the return to Catalunya, and also by the proverbial Catalan strength. As the poem says: “la forca tota vella … que ens agermana” (the old force … that makes us family).

II. In Records (Memories) the music freely uses fragments of old Catalan melancholic melodies that impart a medieval religious tone to the entire movement.

III. Dansa (Dance) is an homage to the sardana and uses its basic rhythm, as well as typical melodic turns of the dance.
Retorn a la terra uses the same instrumentation as L’Histoire du soldat by Stravinsky and both works will be performed at the same concert.

Text of Josep Carner poem Retorn a la terra

Retorn a la terra (2012)

Retorn a la terra (2012)

 

Listen to the Premiere of Terra Mater (2011)

on Youtube 

Wonju Philharmonic

Young-Min Park, Music Director and Conductor
October 20, 2011

Terra Mater

is a compact one movement dramatic work for symphony orchestra (approx. 10′) that deals symbolically with the creative and destructive powers of nature.

Terra Mater follows the footsteps of Voices of the Rainforest (2007), another work dealing with nature. However the content and gestures of Terra Mater have a deeper sense of urgency. I have always felt that the earth is an organism just like we are, and as such it deserves our respect. If we fail to take care of the earth it may lead to our own destruction. Beneath the dramatic gestures of Terra Mater there is an underlying and compelling lament that surfaces at crucial points of the piece connecting the various strains and providing structure. I have wanted to write an orchestral work on this topic for long time and I welcome this opportunity with excitement. The recent weather events in all parts of the world make nature a ‘hot’ topic and I am eager to make a contribution in musical terms. I live now in Seoul and last summer I had the chance to experience the Asian monsoon season; it was apparently one of the hottest and rainiest summers on record in Seoul. This extreme Korean weather reminded me of the Texas summer storms at most violent. To me there is nothing more awesome and overwhelming than the power of nature. I can understand how ealier civilizations, much more connected with nature than we are, worshipped many elements of the physical world with its capacity to create and destroy.

MusikfestStuttgart (Germany) – August 31, 2011

Voices of the Rainforest (2007) for flute, cello and piano

Meininger Trio 

Voices of the rainforest for flute (alto flute), cello and piano (2007) was written for the Meininger-Trio.
The premiere of Voices of the rainforest took place at WDR Concert Hall in Cologne, Germany, on March 15, 2008. This concert was broadcasted on April 26, 2008, on WDR’s program Nachtmusik. The pre-premiere took place at the Ibero American Institute in Berlin on March 14, 2008. This concert was sponsored by the Spanish Embassy in Berlin and the Oro Verde (Tropical Rainforest Foundation)

 

Three performances in England – July 3, July 26 and October 6, 2011

Voices of the Rainforest (2007) for flute, cello and piano

Marsyas Trio 
Burgh House, Hampstead, London – July 3, 2011, 3:00 PM
Warwick Road United Reformed Church, Coventry – July 26, 2011, 1 PM
Molley Valley Arts Alive Festival
St. Martin’s Church, Dorking, England – October 6, 2011, 13:00 PM.

Voices of the rainforest is a loose representation of a day in the life of the rainforest. This work came about as a result of my life-long fascination and love for nature. A recording of actual sounds of insects, barking frogs, birds, and the singing of natives of the Papua New Guinea rainforest was the final inspiration for this work. It consists of five movements:

I. Awakening
II. Sago gatherers
III. Evening rainstorm
IV. Voices of ‘inside’ night
V. Night spirits
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The slow movement (Voices of the night) uses both the alto flute and the regular flute. However there is a version for regular flute only.

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