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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!

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Time to put the game face on. It’s about to get real. I’m goin’ big or goin’ home. (Continue with the conspicuously out of place sports phrases at will.)

Very proud to announce that the string quartet I composed in Paris this past summer as part of the EAMA program “Do A Little Dance” was selected as one of sixteen pieces to compete in the String Quartet Smackdown presented by Golden Hornet Productions on November 3 in Austin, TX.

And what’s a String Quartet Smackdown, you ask? It’s kinda brilliant. Sixteen pieces, each four minutes long, are paired off. The first minute of each piece is performed (by the Tosca Quartet) and the audience votes with their mobile devices to determine which pieces they want to advance. The remaining eight pieces go to the next round, when TWO minutes of the piece are played. Then four pieces get THREE minutes played, and finally two pieces are played in their entirety. The winner gets a valuable cash prize and bragging rights (and hopefully some big ornate trophy thing or maybe even a giant belt).

Looking at the lineup of other pieces, I’m in some pretty formidable company. Ruben Naeff‘s piece was written for the JACK quartet, Simon Fink has done work with eighth blackbirdSteven Snowden will have the home advantage, hailing from Austin himself, but there’s a chance he’ll actually be in Portugal on his Fulbright to work on interactive motion capture systems for large installations, which would even the playing field a bit. But there’s no denying, this is the big leagues. And no matter the outcome, it’s an honor just to share the stage.

If you happen to be in Austin on November 3, please go and support our team. And by ‘our team’ I mean ‘independent new music’.

 

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Come for the Schoenberg, stay for the Johnson

The Avant Music Festival got a lot of press earlier this week for their part in the John Cage centennial, a sold out marathon concert of his works. While I missed that extravaganza, I was able to swing by for the third concert of this, their third year. The first half was dedicated to Schoenberg’s seminalContinue Reading

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Hey look! I’m a muse!

I first saw the name Ken Malucelli when I purchased the CASA christmas songbook in 1993 (all arranged by Ken and Deke Sharon). Years later Ken was one of the judges at the Harmony Sweepstakes competition when a subset of The Richter Scales performed a set of original songs I had written. (We closed withContinue Reading

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String Quartet video is up

The last bit of video from the concert has been posted. Liana, Stephanie, Evan, and Lucas did a great job with the quartet and I’ll be forever grateful to Mark Casey for finding them last year. The quartet got a great response at the concert and is consistently the piece that people have singled outContinue Reading

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Composer, emerge thyself!

Now that the smoke has cleared after last weekend’s ginormous recital/premiere extravaganza, it’s time to pop out of the foxhole and see what the past five months of preparation has wrought. It was a big project. Self produce an evening long concert of new music, all written by myself. It seemed like the entrepreneurial thingContinue ReadingContinue Reading

2 Responses to Composer, emerge thyself!

  1. Becky says:

    Wish I could have been there to see and hear your work Brian. I would have loved to hear what you have been working on. It sounds to me like it was a spectacular success! Your out of pocket was tiny and as for the hours…that’s what it takes to do what you want to do…it is all part of the package.

    Do you have any of the recordings and or video you could post online? Certainly not as good as being in the room and filling all of the senses but a good second.

    Glad you are playing out your dream. It takes guts. But of course you live with a woman who is smart and has a lot of guts.

    Becky

    • Brian Rosen says:

      Thanks Becky. If you go to the “Listen” section of the blog, there are a series of videos from the concert. You can also find them on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/user/brianmrosen

      Hmm… if you’re interested in hearing the music and didn’t know where to look, I clearly need to do some redesigning of this website…

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Tonight: Free chamber music at the DeYoung

The Cypress String Quartet is performing Debussy’s luminous String Quartet as well as a piece by Pulitzer Prize winning Jennifer Higdon at the DeYoung tonight at 7pm in the Koret Auditorium. The general idea is to capitalize on the connection between the impressionism exhibit on loan from the d’Orsay and the impressionist musical movement largelyContinue Reading

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Collect all three!

The string quartet is DONE! Actually, it was done a year ago, but now it’s been premiered, recorded, annotated, and released to the public. The third movement Off the Rails is finally available for listening and downloading and reading about and whatnot. So what happens now? Hmm. Good question. I’ve already submitted it to severalContinue Reading

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Movement two is released. Take a listen…

The second movement of my string quartet has been mixed and edited and the program notes have been written up. http://musicvstheater.com/wordpress/works/string-quartet-no-1/tango-a-la-peachy/ And if you haven’t yet listened to the first movement, check it out here: http://musicvstheater.com/wordpress/works/string-quartet-no-1/on-the-rails/ The third movement is mostly finished and will be released very soon.

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First movement now available for download

I’m happy to announce that the first movement of my string quartet is now available for free download. I’ve also written up extensive notes for that movement if you’d like to know more about the composition and where it came from. (Of course you’d like to know more. Why else would you be reading thisContinue Reading

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Tonight: Respond to the call…

Cypress String Quartet celebrates the 11th year of  their Call and Response program tonight at the Herbst theater.  They’re one of a handful of San Francisco performing arts organizations that actually commissions new work. For this unique program they commission a composer to write a piece in response to their “call” (i.e. an existing pieceContinue Reading

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