A work for cello and electronics by John Link
Caroline is commissioning John Link, the esteemed Carter specialist,
to write a piece for cello and "tape". The two spent an afternoon in the studio of Ryan Streber in Yonkers back in January, recording
all possible cello sounds for John to use in making up the "tape" part for the work. Here is a tickle that John sent via email,
at the end of that day.
listen to Cello Sketch
Ancestral Drones by T. Patrick Carrabré
for cello and audio
On March 3, 2011, Caroline premiered Ancestral Drones, a new work by T. Patrick Carrabré for cello and audio,
commissioned for New Works Calgary, a series at the University of Calgary,
Alberta, that presents new music with an emphasis on Southern Alberta composers and artists.
Before Caroline received the piece, she had decided to pair it with Hebrew Melodies, an early work by George Perle,
with whom Patrick studied for many years. It turns out that there is a rather serendipitous relationship
between these two works, each representing some form of ritual chant.
Pat writes of the piece:
"I spent the first part of my life as a composer writing music in a complex harmonic system – still working
with the concept of prolonging tonal centres that was recognizable to a post-romantic audience. Then, at
some point my brain just didn’t hear things that way anymore and I began trying to slow down the harmonic
motion of my music – to enjoy the dissonances over much slower harmonic drones. The break came in pieces
like Inuit Games and Creation Stories - when I started working with musicians from other cultures.
Ancestral Drones, premiering tonight, tries to place the virtuosity of our western tradition into the context
of a more primordial music making, where the cry of the soul sings through those notes that lean into the
drone and call us to float with them."
It was a great honor to have this piece written for me and to have Pat at the performance, which included a
pre-concert talk with Pat hosted by Laurie Radford, Artistic Director of New Works Calgary.
I'm looking forward to many more performances of Ancestral Drones, and honing my singing-while-playing!
Concerto for Cello and Wind Ensemble |
Commission Proposal 2010-2011 download pdf
Cellist Caroline Stinson and composer Steven Bryant present a
commission-collaboration for a Concerto for cello and wind ensemble with Cynthia Johnston Turner of Cornell
University at its head. Through a hybrid commission consortium of both symphony orchestras and wind ensembles,
the collaboration aims to include both university and professional ensembles.
Beyond creating an exciting work for the rare combination of cello and wind ensemble, the goal of this
commission is to bridge the world of the wind ensemble with that of the symphony orchestra and to expand the
sound possibilities for wind ensemble, something Bryant is becoming known for, most notably in his most
recent work Ecstatic Waters, presented at the 2009 CBDNA National conference. The instrumentation of the
work (see below) will allow for a shared performance life between these large ensembles, and given their
experience and accolade, both Steven and Caroline are the strongest of ambassadors for a project of this ambition.
Alongside Steven Bryant's new work, the choice of an additional work is being offered for programming:
Voyages (18 min) for cello and winds by Pulitzer Prize Winner Steven Stucky, or the Concerto in G Major
for cello and strings by Luigi Boccherini. Both are in the artist's repertory and will pair beautifully
with the new virtuosic work by Steven Bryant. Should a commissioning group wish to participate with a local
soloist, they may present a premiere following a 3-year exclusive-rights period reserved for the commissioning
soloist, Caroline Stinson.
Additional funding for travel and performance will be pursued from grant programs and organizations such as
the American Composers Forum, The American Music Center, and Meet the Composer, Inc.
We invite you and your organization to join us for this groundbreaking commission in a unique concerto for cello
and winds. Thank you for your interest!
**This concerto is having its first two premieres on March 25th, 2011 with the Ridgewood Concert Band and on
April 30th, 2011 with the Cornell Wind Ensemble.
--Caroline Stinson and Steven Bryant
Project parameters (tentative):
Concerto for Violoncello and Wind Ensemble (3 fls., 2 obs., 3 Bb cls., 2 bsns., 3 Bb tpts., 4 hns., 3 tbns., 1 tba., 3 percussion, timp.)
Duration: 10-12 minutes
Commission Fee: $10,000 (includes engraving costs);
$2,000 contribution by the soloist, $1,000 contribution by each ensemble
Premiere performance rights exclusivity for all consortium members for 3 years with soloist Stinson:
Fall 2010 – Spring 2013 and fall of 2013-Spring 2014 for premieres with other soloists
Caroline Stinson will offer for programming Pulitzer Prize Winner Steven Stucky's Voyages
for cello and winds, or the Luigi Boccherini Concerto in G Major for cello and orchestral strings
Soloist's fee will be negotiated with each ensemble, based on travel and housing needs
Caroline and Steven will participate in pre-concert discussions and/or other publicity events, including workshops, radio appearances, outreach, discussion of the evolution of the work, working as professional musicians, etc.
Travel fees for Steven Bryant will be negotiated separately from this agreement.