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      New Commissioning Models

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      From joint commissions to Kickstarter, the 21st century has brought new ways of hiring composers to write music. This week, we’ll look at some of the more unusual and innovative methods and the music that resulted.


      Joan Tower – Made in America
      Leonard Slatkin, Nashville Symphony

      Michael Holober – Chorale
      American Saxophone Quartet, Larry Combs(clarinet)

      Michael Gordon – Rushes
      Dana Jessen
      Article Chronicling the Commissioning of Rushes

      Steven Mackey – Prelude to the End
      Soli Chamber Ensemble
      Kickstarter Project

      Stacy Garrop – In Eleanor’s Words
      Buffy Baggott(mezzo-soprano), Kuang-Hao Huang(piano)

      Stacy Garrop – String Quartet No. 3 “Gaia”
      Biava Quartet

      Joseph Schwantner – Chasing Light
      Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony

      Relevant Links
      Contemporary Classical: A Primer
      Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund
      The Minnesota Commissioning Club helps create new music
      Commissioning Clubs — A “Win-Win” for All!
      Seattle Chamber Music Society Commissioning Club
      Randall Giles – Brief Guide to Commissioning Music
      Colorado Music Festival Community Commissioning Club
      John Harbinson – San Antonio(First Major Group Commission for Saxophone – 1995)


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