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New Music Séance 2008


In contrast to the Other Minds Festival, created for living composers, the New Music Séance events juxtaposed music of the living with the creations of departed composers. The elegant tag line for the events, coined by Molly Mitoma of the OM Staff, said it best: “Summoning the spectres of musical forbears, channeling the spirits of their successors.” The historic Swedenborgian Church was the perfect venue to experience the co-mingling of past and present.


CONCERT 1: Birds in Warped Time

Somei Satoh
Birds in Warped Time

Olivier Messiaen
Fantasy for Violin & Piano

Tan Dun
Eight Memories in Watercolor

Per Nørgård
Animals in Concert: Excerpts Nos. 1 & 2

Arthur Honegger
Le Cahier Romand
I     à Alice Ecoffey
II   à Jacqueline Ansermet
III  à Miquette Wagner-Rieder
IV  à Paul Bœpple
V    à René Morax

 Meredith Monk
St Petersburg Waltz

 Lois V. Vierk
To Stare Astonished at the Sea

Grazyna Bacewicz
Stained Glass Window

 Silvestre Revueltas
Three Pieces for Violin & Piano


Concert 2: Authentic Presence

Samuel Barber
Excursions, Op. 20

Olivier Messiaen
Eight Preludes (excerpts 1, 2, 5, 6)

Gabriela Lena Frank
Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album: Excerpts Nos. 5, 6 & 7

Ingram Marshall
Authentic Presence

Alexander Scriabin
Five Preludes, Op. 74

Peter Garland
After the Wars

 Jerome Kitzke
There Is a Field

 Steed Cowart
Blackberry Winter

Jim Tenney

Dylan Mattingly


Concert 3: Tribute to Ruth Crawford

Henry Cowell
Whirling Dervish, The Sword of Oblivion, and selected piano works

 Lou Harrison
Largo Ostinato to John Dobson

 Dane Rudhyar
Tetragram No. 1

 Johanna Beyer
Suite for Violin and Piano

Henry Cowell
Suite for Violin and Piano

Johanna Beyer
Dissonant Counterpoint

Ruth Crawford
Nine Preludes
Study in Mixed Accents
The Adventures of Tom Thumb
Sonata for Violin and Piano


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