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May 2018 Previews

Jay Hamilton

My Muse, & Equal Temperament, cello and pre-recorded dialogue

These two pieces are part of a work The End and Then…? presented on June 23rd at Velocity Dance Center Seattle. The show is mostly dance with music/dialogues begins with a funeral ends with a murder….and some of it funny. This is a one person performance (7 parts) I will be dancing during in the other 5 pieces sections.

Gavin Borchert

Mazurka, for piano
Berceuse, for piano

Peter Nelson-King

The Magpie’s Shadow, for solo piano

The Magpie’s Shadow takes its inspiration from a poem sequence of the same name by Yvor Winters. Inspired by a line by Rimbaud - O saisons, o chateaux! - each poem is a single line of six syllables, a form invented by Winters. 28 poems are arranged in three sections, and my work has 28 aphoristic pieces based on each poem and grouped in the same section plan and same order. The poems depict mysterious, symbolic scenes in nature, possibly a dream landscape the narrator traverses with great wonder. I composed the pieces without a strict musical theory, but rather built them organically and following my instincts, allowing each piece to exist as its own entity while being drawn back to familiar material when dramatically appropriate.

Jeremiah Lawson

Prelude and Fugue in G major, for solo guitar

Part of 24 preludes and fugues, Set 2

From 2007 to 2012 I composed a cycle of 24 preludes and fugues for solo guitar. The project was so fun I decided to start working on another cycle of 24 starting in 2012. In this new cycle the aim is to employ more vernacular idioms and extended techniques and so the prelude and fugue in G major is in open G tuning, which allowed me to compose a three-voiced fugue that is to be played primarily through bottleneck technique. This prelude and fugue is an homage to Hiram King Williams (aka Hank Williams Sr) and the legendary pedal steel guitarist Don Helms. The fugue is in three voices and has fully invertible counterpoint.

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