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Listen: Professors Martin Bresnick, Hannah Lash Step Into the Spotlight

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Bob Handelman Composer and Yale School of Music composition faculty member Hannah Lash (Bob Handelman)

On March 28, 2013, the New Music New Haven 2012-2013 season continues with a concert of works by Yale faculty composers Jack Vee, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Ingram Marshall and Hannah Lash.

Jack Vees's Lines of Desire is written for English horn, bass clarinet and bassoon. The piece is titled after the technical term to describe human-made footpaths in parks that deviate from the planner's blueprint. Orpheus Over and Under by David Lang puts two pianos in dueling proximity. The rapidly repeated notes in each part pulse in intensity and volume, creating a fabric of sound that feels both divided and connected. Ishi's Song by Martin Bresnick is a piece that uses the melody of a song recorded by Ishi, the last member of the Yahi group of Native Americans. Baghdad Blues by Ingram Marshall for solo oboe is a piece filled with multiphonics and somber turns of pitch. Ending with an emotional and sonic release, the concert's last piece was Hannah Lash's Violations, a chamber work with eerie, dissonant and explosive vocals that deals with anger and loss.

Listen to individual pieces below.

Jack Vees - Lines of Desire

David Lang - Orpheus Under and Over

Martin Bresnick - Ishi's Song

Ingram Marshall - Baghdad Blues

Hannah Lash - Violations


Q2 Music and the Yale School of Music are partnering to bring you on-demand streaming audio of the university's exciting New Music New Haven concert series, which showcases student-composers alongside the School's deep bench of faculty composers.

Recorded by Eugene Kimball for New Music New Haven.

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