Arpeggione for Cello and String Orchestra

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Solo Cello and SATB Choir a cappella | 26′

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Title: Arpeggione Sonata D. 821, arranged for Cello and String Orchestra
Composer, Arranger: Franz Schubert and 
Luna Pearl Woolf
Duration: 26′
Year Composed:
1824, 2017
Instrumentation:
Solo Cello and string orchestra
Format: Full Score
Catalogue Number:
OM0157
Printed Edition Price: $65.00 USD
PDF Edition Price: $55.00 USD
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This arrangement of Schubert’s famous sonata for the arpeggione is suitable for both professional and student cellists, as the string orchestra provides sensitive accompaniment for the soloist.

 

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Missa in Fine Orbis Terrae

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Choir and Organ | 11′ Continue reading

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Calgary Herald: Evelyn Glennie and Land’s End Ensemble provide spectacular evening

“Woolf seems to have carefully considered the relationship of physicality to the performers’ bodies, for example their height, physical performance characteristics and their physical relationship with the instrument. Set in shards of imitative Bach cello suite fragments, and buttressed with non-tonal impressionistic properties, both percussive or spectral, the discontinuous narrative was something to be experienced, and far less so to be analyzed. Entanglement summarized well our own semi-conscious relationships with bodies as sonic conveyors, whether it be our own body relating to another person, or how we relate resonantly to the unique acoustic nature of each instrument we encounter, as though each instrument were equivalent in vibrancy to a person’s body…”

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Joy Song

By Lewis Spratlan | For solo clarinet | 17′

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Title: Joy Song
Composer:
Lewis Spratlan
Year Composed: 2013
Instrumentation:
For solo clarinet
Duration: 17′
Format: Full Score
Catalogue Number:
OM0430

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Joy Song was composed for Jonathon Aubrey. Each of the four movements uses the clarinet to express the emotion of joy as channeled through the traditional sonata form of the 18th and 19th century.

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Of War

By Lewis Spratlan | For Mixed SATB Chorus, and Orchestra| 30′

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Title: Of War
Composer:
Lewis Spratlan
Text by:
Constance Congdon, Walt Whitman, Lewis Spratlan
Year Composed: 2015
Instrumentation:
For Mixed Chorus, SATB, orchestra (piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings)
Duration: 30′
Format: Full Score
Catalogue Number:
OM0429
Printed Edition Price: $60.00 USD

PDF Edition Price: $55.00 USD
  

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Program Notes

Of War contemplates our habit of destroying one another from four points of view: a young recruit, upon his induction into the army, ponders the future; a native American warrior prepares for the Battle of Wounded Knee; the poet keeps watch over a dying companion on a Civil War battlefield; and a soldier delivers a micro-incremental account of her own death from artillery fire in the Iraqi desert.

Sung continuously, the first two sections comprise a unit. Each present the words of the subject surrounded by reiterations of labels identifying what drives the conflict, first our lust for oil and then for territory. The third section, a necro-homoerotic cry mourning the loss of a young soldier, is the most personal moment of the piece, evoking nature as witness. The fourth, beyond the account of explosive death, presents a litany of battles ancient and modern and, in closing, the words of Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atom bomb, on the occasion of its achievement: “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” This paraphrase of lines from the Bhagavad Gita is given redemptive hope through the addition of the final utterance “no more.” The author has further paraphrase Oppenheimer’s remark as “I am become death, shatterer of worlds.” The lines from the Bhagavad Gita are set as chanted in the original Hindi.

The four sections of the piece are thus titled: Milk Duds (Exxon has my back), Manifest Destiny, Vigil Strange, and Pink Mist (Religion in the Desert). It is dedicated to Dr. Andrew Megill on the occasion of his inaugural season as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Dreamworlds

By Lewis Spratlan | For Piano, four hands | 15′

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Title: Dreamworlds
Composer:
Lewis Spratlan
Year Composed: 2015
Instrumentation:
For Piano, four hands
Duration: 15′
Format: Full Score
Catalogue Number:
OM0428

 

Printed Edition Price: $70.00 USD
 
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Dreamworlds is divided into three sections.

  1. Dreams of a Saint  St. Francis of Assissi
  2. Dreams of a Madman Hitler
  3. Dreams of a Bureaucrat a bureaucrat
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Bangladesh

 

By Lewis Spratlan | For Piano| 14′

 

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Title: Bangladesh
Composer:
Lewis Spratlan
Year Composed: 2015
Instrumentation:
For Piano
Duration: 14′
Format: Full Score
Catalogue Number:
OM0427
 
Printed Edition Price: $35.00 USD
  
PDF Edition Price: $25.00 USD
  

Bangladesh was written in response to the building of Louis Kahn’s Government Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The piece was commissioned by and dedicated to Nadia Shpachenko, who premiered it at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Piano Spheres series in October 2015.

There are five sections to Bangladesh:

  1. The people of Bangladesh. The energetic local music is evoked.
  2. The buildings. They are two main types, concrete and brick.
  3. Water. The government center seems to be floating on a lagoon, a projection of the country’s inseparability from water.
  4. The people build the buildings. Swarms of laborers create visionary structures using the most primitive materials- bamboo scaffolding, concrete buckets made of straw.
  5. The buildings in the nation. A contemplation of the buildings’ looming presence in the life of Bangladesh.
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Duo for Violin and Cello

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Violin and Cello| 3′ Continue reading

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Entanglement

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Cello and Percussion | 10′ Continue reading

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Act Without Words

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Clarinet in B flat| 15′ Continue reading

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Tippet Fugue

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Cello Piccolo and Harpsichord| 3′ Continue reading

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One to One to One

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Three Female Voices, Three Cellos,  and Three Basses | 15′ Continue reading

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San Francisco Classical Voice: the Dizzying World of György Ligeti

March 21, 2017

“Woolf’s illustrative music here … skillfully augments the performers’ movements. Short motivic bursts illustrate the sudden actions of the man falling off a box and throwing himself against a wall, for example —but  when he cradles the length of rope, contemplating the sweetness of death, Woolf trades terse gestures for long, legato tones.”
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Center for New Music: Interview with Luna Pearl Woolf about Act Without Words I

March 14, 2017

“…Whatever the presence is that’s calling the man’s attention to various things in the play has its own attitude – silly, flirty, angry – and becomes its own kind of character. Since Beckett does not include any description of the whistles, I’ve chosen to shape how the whistles behave and change over the course of the play… Continue reading

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New York Times: When musicians get up and move

A Victorian dictum, now out of fashion, states that children should be seen, not heard. The opposite might be said of the 19th-century concert setup: Players were to be heard, not seen — or at least not draw attention to themselves.

But that view is changing as well.

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

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29 October 2015

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

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Herald-Times: Chamber Choir Focuses on Musical, Verbal Message

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March 5, 2013

The Bloomington chamber choir Voces Novae performs with artistic integrity and is motivated by social conscience.

At the heart of the concert was a performance of “Après Moi, le Déluge,”

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La Fabrique Culturelle TV: Cordes et discorde

06 May 2016

Watch a four minute video of Luna Pearl Woolf’s 12 May 2016 Triptyque program at the Salle Bourgie, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from La Fabrique Culturelle TV. The program features Mélange à trois, One to One to One, and Rumi: Quatrains of Love.
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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, Continue reading

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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.” Continue reading

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