From Cued Up at Q2: “A Cause for Commission! “

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Celebrating A Shimmering Array of Musical Commissions
Sunday, December 18, 2011

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For young composers, getting commissioned is a momentous occasion that calls for celebration.

“Whether the composer is commissioned for a colleague’s flute recital or a full-on and fully-spotlit concerto for a major symphony orchestra, the idea of a “commission” puts the composer in a different mindset. The work is no longer the fruit of seemingly infinite hours of solitary work subject to recurring doubts and recriminations, but an ongoing collaboration between composer and performer. One can even venture further to say that for many composers, the first musical ideas emerge from knowing the performers as friends, musicians or just human beings.

This Sunday, we salute commissions and the performers and ensembles that have sought new music from adventurous composers. Join us at 2 p.m. as we celebrate commissioned works by Maria Schneider, Matthias Pintscher, Arvo Pärt, David Lang, Chris Kapica, and others.”

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