Listen: Four World Premieres by Juilliard Composers

Live from the Juilliard School's Peter Jay Sharp Theater on Feb. 25, 2013

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On Tuesday, April 16 at 8 pm on New York Now, Q2 Music and host Suzanne Farrin present an exclusive stream of the Juilliard School's annual composers' competition concert. Featuring the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, the concert offers four world premieres from current student composers.

The evening opened with the 2013 Arthur Friedman Composition Prize-winning Relic by Paul Frucht, a second-year master of music degree composition student originally from Danbury, Connecticut. For the program notes, Frucht writes that his piece was an effort to "make the triad itself sound as though it has a place in the 21st century" and to "pay homage to sonority, a relic and cornerstone of harmony, filtered through my own contemporary voice." 

Margarita at the Ball by Russian-born Yuri Boguinia, a third-year bachelor of music degree in composition student, concluded the first half. Piano soloist Maxwell Foster joined the orchestra for this work whose evocative program notes included the lines, "Live satin butterflies swooped up and down above the dancing hordes; flowers fluttered down from the ceilings. Whenever the electricity went off, myriad glowworms lit up in the tops of the columns, and will-o’-the wisps floated in the air." 

The second half opened with The Illusionist, by Stefan Cwik, a master of music degree candidate and winner of the 2011 Juilliard Orchestral Composition Competition, who describes the work as "a tone poem for orchestra that is meant to illustrate the theatrical prowess and awe of a master illusionist."

The final work is an orchestral suite extracted from the two-act ballet, The Nectar, by Chinese-born composer-pianist and third-year bachelor of music degree student Peng-Peng Gong. Based on a fairy tale by novelist He Shu-kun, the story tells the tale of "a schoolboy who befriends a honeycomb after rescuing a honeybee from an insect's lab, and how his miniature friends were later killed in order to protect him from their rival species."


Complete Program

Paul Frucht: Relic


Yuri Boguinia: Margarita at the Ball


Stefan Cwik: The Illusionist


Peng-Peng Gong: The Nectar, Suite No. 1: "City Scenes"; "Dance of the Boy"; "The Blue-Eyed Awakening"; "Pas de Deux"; "Dance of the Killers" 

Hosted by:

Suzanne Farrin

Comments [3]

Sarah from Philadelphia

I personally like peng peng's music over the other composers. there seems to be a generic style of writing these days that involves lots of glittery sounds and loud sounds but with absolutely no personality or anything that compels one to listen to the music. even though these composers think they are all cutting edge and unique, the sad truth is that all of the pieces sound the same and are very unattractive peng's on the other other hand had some beauty and noticeable structure- that might seem like old school but maybe old school has something to teach the young clone like composers that can't hold the audiences attention. yes, I'm very educated, yes I know contemporary music incase you were wondering.

Jan. 15 2016 08:14 PM
Nathan from Lexington KY

Peng Peng- Gong's music is well done. He was used some Mongolian songs and Chinese songs.......

Apr. 06 2015 11:58 PM
Banvir Chaudhary from nyc

Last piece sounds like from Star Wars!

Apr. 12 2013 03:22 PM

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