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justinmerritt sixteenth floor for baritone & piano


But I hear no sound of your voice, The city is incoherent – trivial, And my brain aches with emptiness. -notes by the composer

commissioned by Chia-wei Lee

“… the highlight of the year came Nov. 9 with Justin Merritt's Five Preludes for piano…” -Peter Schimpf, Bloomington Independent

“Several times I wrote "Wow!" next to a work being played...” -Peter Jacobi, Herald Times

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THE SIXTEENTH FLOOR The noise of the city sounds below me. It clashes against the houses And rises like smoke through the narrow streets. It polishes the marble fronts of houses, Grating itself against them, And they shine in the lamplight And cast their echoes back upon the asphalt of the streets.

In 2000 composer Justin Merritt (bn. 1975)   was the youngest-ever winner of the ASCAP Foundation/Rudolph Nissim Award for Janus Mask. He is also the winner of a host of other awards including the 2008-09 Copland Award, the 2008 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Prize for River of Blood, and the 2006 Polyphonos Prize

He received his Bachelors from Trinity University   and his Masters and Doctorate from “…demands Indiana University.  an audience's He studied attention… composition with Merritt's Samuel Adler, Svenpiece was the David Sandström, standout.” Claude B a k e r, -Rob Timothy Kramer, Don Hubbard, Freund, and Pioneer Press electronic and computer music with Jeffrey Hass. He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at St. Olaf College. He resides in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife Yuedong and their children Cullen Fang Ouxiang and Molly Fang Qinghe.

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Standard Deviation!.............................................................................................violin Bar for Hans Sachs!.................................................................................................flute Veloce!.......................................................................................................violin & piano Coupling!................................................................................................................organ Drum Break!...................................................................................................percussion

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Janus Mask!.................................................................................................. ! winds in 2s River of Blood!.............................................................................................winds in 2s Dervish!.........................................................................................................winds in 2s Lachryme!..............................................................................................string orchestra Monster!........................................................................................................winds in 3s

A Gauze of Misted Silver!..........................................................string quartet & harp Ravening!..................................................................................................string quartet Invocation!....................................................................................................8 solo brass The Day Florestan Murdered Magister Raro!............clarinet, violin, cello, & piano Trio!.................................................................................................violin, cello, & piano

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5 Preludes!..............................................................................................................piano Chaconne: Mercy Endures!..................................................................................piano Rococo Suite!..........................................................................................................piano Sierpinski Gasket!..................................................................................................piano Windchimes!...........................................................................................................piano Hive!...................................................................................................4 pianos, 16 hands

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Corde natus!..........................................................................................................SATB Lamentations!.......................................................................................................SATB Hay Días!......................................................................................................SMsATBrB Nativity!.................................................................................................................SATB Adoro Te Devote!.................................................................................................SATB Fire Sermon!....................................................................................SSATB & orchestra

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Sixteenth Floor Sample