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justinmerritt veloce for cello & piano


NOTES ON THE PROGRAM

i. cadenze ii. evening prayer iii. excursion iv. v. aria Veloce is a set of 5 miniatures strung together by a common interest in speed. Veloce was composed using a new technique I have developed that uses tonality based not on the circle of fifths, but rather on a unique set of symmetrical circles that produce a fascinating, yet familiar tonal landscape. The first movement, cadenze, is an attempt to create an entire movement “… the constructed of nothing highlight of but a series of the year cadenzas for each came Nov. 9 instrument. It is with Justin marked “Wildly fast” Merritt's and is meant to be Five both a virtuosic Preludes for display and a toccatapiano…” like exposing of the -Peter novel tonal basis for Schimpf, this work. Bloomington

The third movement, excursion (a nod to Samuel Barber), is a light breezy andante. The cello begins with a simple pentatonic ostinato that accompanies an even “Several simpler tune in the times I wrote piano. Each "Wow!" next instrument is given a to a work quirky little cadenza being in which they break played...” away from the sturdy -Peter Jacobi, rhythm of the Herald Times excursion pattern. The fourth, untitled movement is played as fast as possible from start to finish. The players chase each other across their upper registers in a furious though nearly silent (ppp sempre!) scamper. The final movement, aria, is marker Adagio lacrimosa. It is a lament for the cello marked by harsh and unrelenting interjections from the piano. The work ends with a subdued though not quite fully resolved Eb Major chord. -notes by the composer

Independent

After the ferocious beginning, the tiny second movement, evening prayer, is a joltingly static, meditative response. The piano begins with a bell-like tolling ostinato. After a couple of cycles, the cello answers with a distant chant, a plaintive prayer.

commissioned by Regina Mushabac & Nancy Paddleford

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justinmerrit

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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for Nancy Paddleford & Regina Mushabac

Dur: c. 11'

Veloce

Justin Merritt

for cello & piano

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

chamber

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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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Dissonance!.....................................................................................................song cycle Steps Into Stillness!........................................................................................song cycle Dhammapada!................................................................................................song cycle London Thoroughfare, 2AM!...........................................tenor, horn, violin, & piano May Evening in Central Park........................................................... ! baritone & piano

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

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