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BETTER GODS

Better Gods, an opera by composer Luna Pearl Woolf and librettist Caitlin Vincent, commissioned by the Washington National Opera, Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director,

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BroadwayWorld Review: BETTER GODS Soars at the Kennedy Center

January 11, 2016 “Ms. Woolf’s gorgeous score is underlined by the use of traditional Hawaiian chants and her score utilized authentic instruments like the nose flute, Kala’au (percussive sticks), and Ili’ili (castanets), that are native to the island.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts: Review: ‘Better Gods’ at The Washington National Opera

January 9, 2016 “Woolf’s new and original composition uses Hawaiian instruments to add an audible authenticity to the story. Throughout the opera the nose flute, Kalaʻau (warrior sticks made from strawberry guava trees), and ʻIliʻili (stone castanets) amplify the sadness … Continue reading

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ConcertoNet: December Celebration – New Carols by Seven American Composers

07 December 2015 “…in Luna Pearl Woolf’s How Bright the Darkness, an impressively vivid piece for women’s choir, baritone solo, strings, percussion, and harp. Woolf’s orchestration and harmonies paint the sparseness of nature. It is a piece where the listener can … Continue reading

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Strings Magazine: Matt Haimovitz Returns to the Solo Suites and Intimate Venues

Given his commitment to connecting with his audience, Haimovitz chose a unique way to share this passion with his listeners. He has commissioned preludes to the Six Solo Suites, created by contemporary composers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. “It’s a way to bring these suites into the 21st century,” he says, “to have living, breathing composers grapple with the materials, Bach’s musical building blocks, and find their own take on it.”

The six composers bringing contemporary vitality to Bach are Philip Glass, Luna Pearl Woolf, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, and Mohammed Fairouz. Haimovitz has encouraged them to draw on folk melodies, just as Bach did in his day. As we spoke, the pieces were still being written, and Haimovitz’s excitement and anticipation is contagious. Continue reading

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Examiner: PENTATONE tries to get the jump on Christmas music marketing

Woolf has mustered just the right combination of sonorities and thematic material that makes the perfect glove to fit Wilner’s poetic hand. Continue reading

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New York Times: What Happens When Bach Visits the Cafeteria

by DAVID ALLEN October 27, 2015 Students eating at Columbia University’s John Jay Dining Hall, an airy den reverberating with undergraduate chatter, were in for a surprise last Wednesday. When they walked in for dinner, they found Matt Haimovitz — … Continue reading

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Primephonic: To Inspire, To Create, To Engage and To Empower

The American composer Luna Pearl Woolf is at the pinnacle of a new generation of politically conscious and artistically progressive composers. Her work… Continue reading

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How Bright the Darkness

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Treble Choir, Harp, Percussion, and String Orchestra | 6′

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We Are God’s Children / MotherSongs

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Mezzo-Soprano and String Quartet  | 9′

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Duo

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Violin and Cello | 16′ Title: Duo Composer: Luna Pearl Woolf Year Composed: 2014 Instrumentation: Violin and Cello Duration: 16′ Format: Score and Parts Catalogue Number: OM0153 Printed Edition Price: 40.00 USD PDF Price: 35.00 USD Premiered … Continue reading

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Like As the Waves

By Diana Rosenblum| For Three Female Voices and Violoncello | 5′

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Sonnet 60 of William Shakespeare

By Božo Banović | For Three Female Voices and Violoncello | 7′

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How Bright the Darkness

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Solo Baritone, Women’s Chorus, Harp, Percussion, and String Orchestra | 6′

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Travels

By Lewis Spratlan | For Male Chorus, TTBB, and Piano, four-hands | 9′ Title: Travels Composer: Lewis Spratlan Text by: Mary Jo Salter and Brad Leithauser Year Composed: 2011 Instrumentation: For Male Chorus, TTBB, and Piano, four-hands Duration: 9′ Format: Full … Continue reading

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Suspense

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Eight Cellos and Four Percussion | 11′

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L’Opéra: On Se Souviens De Toi, Sappho (We Remember You, Sappho)

April 12, 2015 Présenté pour la première fois avec mis en scène, [à la compagnie Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime, directeur Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse] l’opéra Orpheus on Sappho’s Shore de Luna Pearl Woolf s’est révélé une fascinante et onirique proposition artistique: la rencontre de ces … Continue reading

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Congratulations to composer David Sanford: Winner of a 2015 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

David Sanford has been awarded a 2015 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Fellowship of $15,000 is awarded to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts. David’s extraordinary musicianship and unbridled creativity are an inspiration! For more information please … Continue reading

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San Francisco Classical Voice: Lisa Delan Recital A Pure Delight

Woolf’s composition alluringly displayed diverse facets of love refracted through a variety of genres, with Haimovitz channeling a jazz bass pizzicato here, sliding into Middle Eastern modes there,something fluttering with O’Riley like attendant lovebirds. Continue reading

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The New York Times: Her Art, Her Passion, Her Torment: Joyce DiDonato Celebrates Camille Claudel at Zankel Hall

February 6, 2015 Joyce DiDonato at Zankel Hall with the Brentano String Quartet: from left, Serena Canin, Mark Steinberg, Nina Lee and Misha Amory. Credit: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times The life of the French sculptor Camille Claudel is … Continue reading

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