Eric Moe's Mellon Inaugural Lecture


February 19, 2015 - 4:00pm

Eric Moe, recently appointed Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, will give an inaugural lecture titled "Danger: Giant Frogs; Some Recent Music with Remarks by the Composer." Moe will discuss and perform compositions including Grande Étude Brillante and The Weasel of Melancholy. Percussionist Aaron Trant will perform Gong Tormented.

Eric Moe (b. 1954), composer of what the NY Times calls "music of winning exuberance", has received numerous grants and awards for his work, including the Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship; commissions from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, and Meet-the-Composer USA; and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Bellagio, the Camargo Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and many others.

Strange Exclaiming Music, a CD of Moe’s chamber music, was released in 2009 by Naxos. Fanfare magazine described it as “wonderfully inventive, often joyful, occasionally melancholy, highly rhythmic, frequently irreverent, absolutely eclectic, and always high-octane music”. His sit-trag/one-woman opera Tri-Stan, available on a Koch International Classics CD, was greeted by the New York Times as “a tour de force” that “subversively inscribes classical music into pop culture”. Kick & Ride, on the bmop/sound label, was picked by WQXR for album of the week: “…it’s completely easy to succumb to the beats and rhythms that come out of Moe’s fantastical imaginarium, a headspace that ties together the free-flowing atonality of Alban Berg with the guttural rumblings of Samuel Barber’s Medea, adding in a healthy dose of superhuman strength”. Other all-Moe CDs are available on New World Records (Meanwhile Back At The Ranch), Albany Records (Of Color Braided All Desire, Kicking and Screaming, Up & At ‘Em, Siren Songs), and Centaur (On the Tip of My Tongue).

Moe studied composition at Princeton University (B.A.) and at the University of California at Berkeley (MA, PhD). He is currently Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh.

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