University of Pittsburgh

Composition and Theory

April 4, 2017 - 5:30pm

The 2017 Artists in Residence Program is a joint collaboration between Departments of Physics and Astronomy, English, Music, Studio Arts, and Theatre Arts. This year's collaboration culminates in musical performances, poetry readings, and an art exhibit. The final program features compositions by Department of Music graduate ocmposers Kenneth Brown and Brian Riordan.

Jeff WestonPhD Candidate Jeff Weston’s composition Ruler Piece No. 3: Slow Power Chord has been selected for performance in the 2017 Mise-En Music Festival.

Brian Riordan's composition The Moon is Drifting Away from the Earth will be performed by Pittsburgh contemporary music ensemble NAT 28.

March 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Pittsburgh's Collective Legacy Project provides IonSound Project's programming inspiration, and centers around a video interview of one man's life spannning from childhood to adulthood — encompassing global crisis, personal achievements, and deep intimacy with family.
March 3, 2017 - 4:00pm

In his last works, Stockhausen vigorously explored layering multiple tempos. Whereas many composers who experimented with polytempo or polymeter (such as Carter and Nancarrow) sought to create higher-level unities where pulse layers coincided at various points, Stockhausen vigorously avoided such alignments, practicing a strategy of metric incongruity instead.

February 4, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Music Graduate Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Stephan Pennington, Assistant Professor of Music at Tufts University.

Composer Philip Thompson (PhD 2002) likes to describe The Final Battle for Love as, “one of the world’s finest baroque-metal professional wrestling operas,” and he got no argument from enthusiastic performers and audience members during the work’s Chicago premiere in January of 2017.

January 29, 2017 - 3:00pm

Roger Zahab presents a program built around Bach's Partita in b minor for solo violin and music by American composers which reflect a diverse array of concerns and points of view. Along with the Bach, Zahab performs music by Ursula Mamlok, David Mahler, Christian Wolff, Linda Kornohan, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and his own compositions.

January 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

This talk will provide an overview of my compositional practice. I will focus on the role of context, harmony, color  and large scale organization in my recent music and provide an overview of the tools, sketching practices and compositional process that inform my work.

January 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

Through some one hundred and fifty works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” – qualities he developed from his work with Morton Feldman among others.

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