Category Archives: Composers

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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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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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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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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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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San Francisco Classical Voice: From the Top Loves the S.F. Conservatory

February 4, 2015 Christopher O’Riley, photo by Edy Perez   It’s been a while, seven years, since the popular NPR musical talent show From the Tophas been back to San Francisco. The show is planning to tape a show at … Continue reading

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THE PILLAR – Opera-in-progress

THE PILLAR An opera by Luna Pearl Woolf Libretto by David Van Taylor Concert Performance February 28, 2016 The Washington Chorus, Julian Wachner, Music Director “According to the splendid performance by all the singers and instrumentalists Woolf’s THE PILLAR is off to a … Continue reading

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The New York Times: Classical Playlist: John Adams, Handel, Lewis Spratlan and More

This welcome new recording from the impressive Boston Modern Orchestra Project offers three ingeniously written and distinctive Spratlan works. Continue reading

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Vespers Cantata: Hesperus Is Phosphorus

By Lewis Spratlan | SATB Choir and 6 instruments | 60′

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Horn Quartet

By Lewis Spratlan | For French Horn, Violin, Cello, and Piano | 15′

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Seven Kings

By David Sanford | For Brass Sextet and Percussion | 19′

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Te Deum

By David Sanford | For Congregation, SATB Choir, Organ, Two Trumpets, Horn in F and Trombone | 8′

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