New Cello Works2018-06-13T12:43:30+00:00

featuredcomposer: PhilipGlass

Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. The operas – “Einstein on the Beach,” “Satyagraha,” “Akhnaten,” and “The Voyage,” among many others – play throughout the world’s leading houses, and rarely to an empty seat. Glass has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” while “Koyaanisqatsi,” his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia.” His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. Indeed, Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music – simultaneously. He was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore. He studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. Finding himself dissatisfied with much of what then passed for modern music, he moved to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger (who also taught Aaron Copland , Virgil Thomson and Quincy Jones) and worked closely with the sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. He returned to New York in 1967 and formed the Philip Glass Ensemble – seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer. The new musical style that Glass was evolving was eventually dubbed “minimalism.” Glass himself never liked the term and preferred to speak of himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures.” Much of his early work was based on the extended reiteration of brief, elegant melodic fragments that wove in and out of an aural tapestry. Or, to put it another way, it immersed a listener in a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds, develops. There has been nothing “minimalist” about his output. In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty five operas, large and small; twelve symphonies; three piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.


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Agocs, Kati: Versprechen (Promise) (2004)

"Kati Agócs's Verprechen (Promise) reimagines a Bach chorale using the sort of variations on note sequences favoured by Serialist composers. This is beautifully varied, highly textured writing..." -Musical Toronto

2019-06-13T04:32:10+00:00Instrumentation Solo Cello|Work Type

Agocs, Kati: Saint Elizabeth Bells (2014)

Saint Elizabeth Bells takes its inspiration from bell sounds of the Saint Elizabeth Cathedral in central Budapest. The cathedral is named after Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, a Catholic saint who [...]

2019-06-13T04:35:12+00:00Instrumentation Cello and Cimbalom|Work Type

Agocs, Kati: Cello Duet (2007)

Commissioned by the Orchestra of Saint Luke's (New York) for their Second Helpings Series 'Notable Women Festival', curated by Joan Tower, in 2007.

2019-06-13T04:35:25+00:00Instrumentation Two Cellos|Work Type

Asherov Kalus, Ayala: Yizkor (Remember) (2009) (2009)

Mourning can be both private and public. When we visit a grave or observe the anniversary of a person's death, we generally do so in private. "Yizkor" (which is Hebrew [...]

2019-06-13T04:16:06+00:00Instrumentation Cello|Work Type

Assad, Clarice: Lemuria (2019) (2018)

A couple of years ago, after a difficult time, I started meditating.  As I breathed mantras and sutras day in and day out, one morning I awoke suddenly from a trance [...]

2019-06-13T02:59:21+00:00Instrumentation 2 Solo Cellists, Cello Choir and Percussion|Work Type

Auerbach, Lera: Postcriptum (2006)

2019-06-13T04:27:53+00:00Instrumentation Cello, Piano and Violin|Work Type

Auerbach, Lera: Sonata for Violoncello (2003)

2019-06-13T04:32:24+00:00Instrumentation Solo Cello|Work Type

Auerbach, Lera: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (2002)

2019-06-13T04:32:47+00:00Instrumentation Cello and Piano|Work Type

Avner, Dorman: Cello Concerto (2012)

In 3 movements, played without pause. In a sentence, this is a concerto for a cello that forgot it was a cello. I’m not sure that there is a storyline [...]

2019-06-13T04:24:27+00:00Instrumentation Cello and Orchestra 2(2pic).2.1+bcl.2/2.1.1+btbn.0/timp/str; concertante pf, dmkit, db|Work Type

Avner, Dorman: Cello Concerto [2012] (2000)

In 3 movements, played without pause. In a sentence, this is a concerto for a cello that forgot it was a cello. I’m not sure that there is a storyline [...]

2019-06-13T04:34:51+00:00Instrumentation Cello and Orchestra 2(2pic).2.1+bcl.2/2.1.1+btbn.0/timp/str; concertante pf, dmkit, db|Work Type