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New York Repertory Orchestra to Present Premiere Work by Peri Mauer, 5/18
The New York Repertory Orchestra proudly presents its 2012-13 season finale featuring a world premiere by Peri Mauer alongside works by Jean Sibelius and Claude Debussy. Led by conductor David Leibowitz, the concert features guest artist, violinist Airi Yoshioka, and takes place on Saturday, May 18th at 8pm at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square.www.nyro.org
"When I began composing ILLUMINATIONS OF THE NIGHT I lived in a studio apartment 28 floors above midtown Manhattan with my piano facing my window. As a night person, my work habits and creative energy had me composing far into the night, as I watched the changing view of lights of the city night dance against the backdrop of darkened streets and sky. Often I composed all night until the sun came up. The sound of awakening traffic initiated by the low-pitched screeching of garbage trucks making their early morning rounds signaled that it was time to go to sleep.
My first sketches of ILLUMINATIONS OF THE NIGHT date back to my student days at the ManhattanSchool of Music, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to complete it for performance by the New York Repertory Orchestra conducted by David Leibowitz on May 18, 2013. I now live in a midtown Manhattan studio 24 floors above 42nd Street. The lights of the World Trade Center no longer dance, and there are many new buildings whose purpose is seemingly that of reflecting the city's night lights in changing colors and patterns. The night illumination carries on as determined as ever within the changing cityscape, as optimistic and invigorated as ever. The sound of awakening traffic harkened by the screeching garbage trucks remains unchanged, as the night lights soften and lower their glow for the daylight to take over."
This work was funded in part by the Composers Assistance Program of New Music USA.
Peri Mauer NUDIBRANCH FRIDAY, for violin and cello
Bargemusic Here and Now
Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY
September 20, 2012
Music Review: Kerwin Williamson Studio Phoenix Blogspot
Peri Mauer DUTCHESS STARLIGHT REVISITED
Composers Concordance Festival 2012DROM, NYC
January 29, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW (excerpt) NYTimes.com
Standard Fare Upended, to Reinvent and Explore
By STEVE SMITH
Published: September 4, 2011
"Peri Mauer’s “Rhapsodance,” vibrantly interpreted by Moran Katz, a clarinetist, and Alexandra Joan, a pianist, set a tart chromatic melody dancing to frisky rhythms akin to Poulenc."
The Here and Now Series at Bargemusic - Review - NYTimes.com
Mark Greenfest, freelance contributor New Music Connoisseur
Peri Mauer BLOGARHYTHM
Music With a View 2011
April 5, 2011
Blogarhythm, composed and conducted by Peri Mauer, opened the Music With a View program, Mad Chatters, at the Flea Theater, Friday, April 1, 2011 at 7 pm. Curated by Kathleen Supove, the festival featured different themes - this piece was an entirely acoustic piece, commenting on the wired electronic age, and the composition, Blogarhythm, had its own ensemble, with 24 professional musicians, all volunteering, including contralto Christina Ascher, flutists Pamela Sklar, Hugh Williams, and Michael Laderman, clarinetist Gwen Appel, Ms. Supove as pianist, and other noted and talented performers, including five cellists.
The piece opened with an enormous wavelike crescendo, arching together the polyrthyms of multiple musical lines, in one energetic gesture - Ms. Mauer said that this was inspired by walking through the Times Square subway station at rush hour. The powerful opening was quite exhilarating and raucous, yet it was amazing how articulate it was, and the lines held together (much like a Mahler ending, except more so). This wave was repeated throughout the piece, in gentler and rhythmically appealing form; and, it alternated with lyrical solo and other passages that were lovely, and which showcased the fine musicianship of the individual performers.
The effect was both energetic and mesmerizing - the rhythmic 'blog' wave of the complex urban world in contrast to the beautiful voices of the individual instruments. The contralto, Ms. Ascher, had a verbal vocalise that mirrored the chat world of the modern internet and contrasted with the lyricism and the wave.
(Ms. Mauer's notes explain the piece and its origins in greater detail, and all 24 of the volunteering pros deserve kudos for a most memorable performance.)
This piece, like Terry Riley's In C, has potential to expand, because in between the vigorous and fun wave, there is such a wonderful and lovely exposition of the individual voices. I hope the musicians had as much fun as the audience had, and it looked like they did!
Morning Night and Noon for two clarinets by Peri Mauer stood out as appealing and original. Ismail Lumanovski and Vaski Dukovski reacted to each other and to the music with imagination and energy. In Night one truly felt midnight’s eerie darkness. Her portrayal of the composer David Noon (Ms. Mauer’s former teacher) was vibrantly eccentric and electrically charged. The music displayed creativity throughout the triptych."
~ La Folia Online Music Review May 2010
La Folia -- A New Music Concert in St. Peter’s Church
Updated: April 30, 2013
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