Music by Curtis Student Composers
A concert of music by Curtis student composers, all of whom study in The Curtis Composition Studies Department, whose faculty members include David Ludwig, Richard Danielpour and Jennifer Higdon. The program:
Riho Esko Maimets: Guitar Quintet
Brendan Elliott & Haram Kim violins; Hyeri Shin, viola; Xin Shi, cello; Gideon Whitehead, guitar
Riho hails from Toronto and is a student of David Ludwig at Curtis. In November 2012, he composed his Guitar Quintet in celebration of Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic, commissioned by the Free Library of Philadelphia. The three movements are marked: Origins, Lullaby and Remembering.
Daniel Temkin: Songs of Yearning
Sarah Shafer, soprano; Wade Coufal, bassoon; Eunice Kim, violin; Yoshihiko Nakano, viola
Daniel comes to Curtis from East Brunswick, N.J. and is a student of Richard Danielpour. His "Songs of Yearning" received its world premiere performance at these concerts. The four set verses include: It is Already Dawn, Worlds, The Scent of the Plum and Along the Road of Dreams.
Terry Cole: Rondo Metamorphoses
Alexandra Switala & Gergana Haralampieva, violins; Yoshihiko Nakano, viola; Timotheos Petrin, cello
Terry is a native of Interlochen, Mich., and studies at Curtis with Jennifer Higdon.
Gabriella Smith: Brandenburg Interstices
Diondre McKinney, flute; Hannah Ji & Eunice Kim, violins; Alex Link, viola; Tessa Seymour, cello; Timothy Dilenschneider, double bass; Caroline Robinson, harpsichord
Gabriella Smith, from El Cerrito, Calif., is a student of Richard Danielpour. Obviously, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are an inspiration here, but you will also hear modern influences, including bluegrass.
Musical Word of the Week: Rondo
"One of the fundamental forms in music, in which a repeated section alternates with at least two different episodes. At its simplest it can be represented as ABACA." (from The Oxford Companion to Music)