Alexandra Gardner: Two by Eight

About Two by Eight When Compagnie ch.AU approached me about this project, for which they were commissioning several composers to write two minute works, I wondered what could really be accomplished with eight instruments in only two minutes. As it turns out, a whole...

Armando Bayolo: Chamber Symphony: Obsessioneering

About Chamber Symphony: Obsessioneering The title of Obsessioneering is a word of my own invention loosely meaning “engaging in the willful promotion of obsessions.” Chamber Symphony: Obsessioneering, my second chamber symphony and my fourth overall...

Jenny Olivia Johnson: Dollar Beers

About Dollar Beers This piece—or song, really—was inspired by a young adult novel entitled On My Honor, in which two competitive friends dare each other to go swimming somewhere infamously dangerous, even after promising their parents that they wouldn’t. The entire...

Missy Mazzoli: Magic with Everyday Objects

About Magic with Everyday Objects Magic with Everyday Objects is a piece on the verge of a nervous breakdown, in which the “everyday” building blocks of music are turned upside-down. Chords slide relentlessly out of tune, repetitive melodies become...

Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis: A Collection of Sand

About Collecting Sands The idea of collecting sand is really a metaphor for the act of composing itself: a solitary and laborious enterprise in which tiny grains (read “notes”) are assembled one by one with pain-staking detail into some sort of design (read “piece”)....