Special Events

Year 1999
Publisher Edition Peters
Program Notes

[This score was previously self-published by Earle Brown. It is available in print from Edition Peters as of 2007.]


SPECIAL EVENTS for cello and piano is certainly a continuation of my earlier compositional approach. I usually do a lot of pre-compositional sketching and planning, but in the case of SPECIAL EVENTS I received a commission from the the German American Institute in Heidelberg at the instigation of Dorthea von Albrecht and Christine Olbrich, who had been performing and recording my MUSIC FOR CELLO AND PIANO (1955) and appreciated it very much. So, that is how the commission came about and they are two marvelous musicians.

I was traveling a great deal at this time and writing in hotels and on airplanes in Europe and in the United States. So, I really just composed this new work en voyage and very much spontaneously and "off the top of my head: and from a long time of compositional experience.

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Selected Performances 1999-02-06 Stuttgart, Theaterhaus, ECLAT Festival
Soloist: Dorothea von Albrecht, Christine Olbrich
World premiere

1999-04-24 Gesellschaft fur die Kultur der Jahrhundertwende, Heidelberg, Germany
Soloist: Dorothea von Albrecht, cello; Christine Olbrich, piano

2001-01-13 Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Heidelberg
Ensemble: trio ascolto
Soloist: Dorothea von Albrecht, cello; Christine Olbrich, piano

2006-11-27 Kuopio Finland
Soloist: Juho Laitinen, cello, Seppo Kantonen, piano

2007-02-01 Oulu, Finland
Soloist: Juho Laitinen, cello, Seppo Kantonen, piano

2007-04-11 Christ and St. Stephen's Church, New York City
Ensemble: Madeleine Shapiro, Riccardo PIacentini

2009-01-31 New York City
Ensemble: The Locrian Chamber Players
Soloist: Greg Hesselink, Jonathan Faiman

2012-09-03 St.Georgen, Germany, Kunstraum Graesslin
Ensemble: Rei Nakamura, pn and Karsten Doenneweg, vc

2016-01-19 Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA
Inverted Space Ensemble
 
Recordings:
TRACER (CD / DVD) (released 2006)
Performed by: ne(x)tworks
Produced by: MODE records

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