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New Music Séance 2007


The New Music Séance series (2005, 2007, 2008) each featured five hours of otherworldly music in San Francisco’s historic Swedenborgian Church, a fitting venue. Emmanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a scientist who became a mystic philosopher after having strange visions and dreams when he was almost sixty. Emerson, Blake, and Coleridge were among his devotees, along with composer Arnold Schoenberg, who derived aspects of his twelve-tone system from Swedenborg’s teachings.

Concert I, Nature Vivante

Dane Rudhyar
Prayer, Lament and Death March, Op. 1  (1914)

Ned Rorem
Three Barcarolles (1949)

Phil Collins
Pleasant Dreaming (2006)

Alan Hovhaness
Kirghiz Suite, Op. 93 (1951)

Josef Matthias Hauer
 Zwölftonspiel, 2. September 1956
Fünf Stücke, Op. 41, V. Jazz (1925)

Charles Amirkhanian
Rippling the Lamp (2006-7)

Wladimir Vogel
Nature Vivante—Six Pieces Expressionnistes
 Strophe d’album • Prélude Gris • Nettement
Désagréable • Morceau Poétique • Lasse et Plaintif • Joyeux (1917-21)

George Antheil
Woman Sonata (1923)

Dan Becker
XTC Blues (2005)Don’t Make Me Go Back to LA (2003)

Elizabeth Lauer
Le Crépuscule (Rag) (2006)

Peter Garland
Hermetic Bird to Kuniharu Akyama (1996)

Hans Otte
Das Buch der Klänge, No. 10 (1979-1982)


Concert II, The Immovable Do

Frank Martin
Preludes Nos. 7 & 8 (1948)

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Double (1994)

Evan Ziporyn
Pondok, No. 3 “Ginoman” (2001)

Percy Grainger
Now, Oh Now, I Needs Must Part (John Dowland)(1935)
The Immovable Do (1933; 1939-40)

David Mahler
La Ciudad de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles (1980

Carl Stone
HO BAN (1984)

James Cleghorn
Cyclus Nos. 13, 14, 9, 17, 18 (ca. 1958)


Concert III Sleepwalker’s Shuffle

Robert Helps
Homage to Fauré (1972)

Ernst Bacon
The Pig Town Fling (1957)

Peggy Glanville-Hicks
Prelude for a Pensive Pupil (1958)

William Albright
Sleepwalker’s Shuffle (1967)
Fantasy-Mazurka (1976) from Five Chromatic Dances

Anton von Webern
Four Pieces, Op. 7 (1910)

Howard Skempton
Well, Well, Cornelius (1982)

Jonathan Russell
Meditation No. 1 (2004) from Four Meditations

Frederic Rzewski
Snippets II for speaking pianist (2006)

Conlon Nancarrow
Study No. 3a (1949)
Para Yoko (1990)
Study No. 21

Annea Lockwood
Ear-Walking Woman (1996)

Morton Feldman
Piano Piece (to Philip Guston) (1963)

Conlon Nancarrow Study No. 12

Ronald Bruce Smith
Tombeau (2006)

George Antheil
Sonata No. 2 (1923)


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