Listen: In Celebration of Steven Stucky

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

(Hoebermann Studio)

"Tonight we celebrate the life and music of Steven Stucky in a program that comprises music by Stucky, some of the composers he loved and admired most — on whose shoulders he proudly, unrepentantly stood — and a few of the myriad younger composers he championed and guided." — Jeremy Gill

So begins the memorial text for "In Celebration of Steven Stucky," last month's memorial for the late composer, who passed away Feb. 15. Stucky was one of the most performed and beloved composers of his generation and a winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Read the full memorial text.

Organized by Chris Grymes of Open G Records, the evening featured works by Stucky alongside music of Brahms, Debussy, Bartók, Lutoslawski and a world premiere from Christopher Stark, performed live at Brooklyn's National Sawdust.

Johannes Brahms - Op. 119, No. 1 Intermezzo

Steven Stucky - Album Leaves: Sereno, luminoso

Christopher Stark - In Memory

Xak Bjerken, piano

Claude Debussy - Syrinx

Mimi Stillman, flute

Hugo Wolf - Bedeckt mich mit Blumen

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Xak Bjerken, piano

Steven Stucky - Aus der Jugendzeit

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Dolce Suono Ensemble: Mimi Stillman, flute; Chris Grymes, clarinet and bass clarinet; Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, percussion; Xak Bjerken, piano; Shanshan Yao, violin; Caroline Stinson, cello

Claude Debussy - Voiles

Steven Stucky - Album Leaves: Contemplativo, tempo rubato

Béla Bartók - Dirge

Béla Bartók - Mikrokosmos: Free Variations

Blair McMillen, piano

Witold Lutoslawski - Grave

Caroline Stinson, cello
Blair McMillen, piano

Steven Stucky - Dialoghi

Caroline Stinson, cello

Harold Meltzer - Two Songs from Silas Marner

Laura Strickling, soprano
Caroline Stinson, cello

James Matheson - Selections from Times Alone

Laura Strickling, soprano
Blair McMillen, piano

Steven Stucky - Piano Sonata

Xak Bjerken, piano

Recorded by Sascha von Oertzen at National Sawdust; remixed by Curtis Macdonald.

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