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Nov. 26, 2003

UI Composers Workshop Performs New Works Dec. 7

The Composers Workshop from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert of new works by UI students at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. It is devoted to the performance of music written at the UI and aims to foster greater cooperation and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the Theory and Composition Department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music.

The Dec. 7 program will feature eight works by graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Music:
--"Third-person Introspection" for piano and computer by doctoral student Tohm Judson;
--"Tangents I - IV" for piano by graduate student Luke Dahn from Deer Park, Texas;
--"Train Movement III" for string quartet by undergraduate student Peter Rosewall from Green Bay, Wis.;
--"Pain of the Strings," an electroacoustic composition by Yousif Bilal (Elmosley), a graduate student from Cairo, Egypt, and the Sudan;
--Piano Trio No. 1, "Genesis," by doctoral student Scott A. Shoemaker;
--"pensees des moines" (thoughts of the minks) for piano by graduate student Evan Kuchar;
--"Circle Piece" for English horn and piano by undergraduate student Andrew Struck-Marcell; and
--"Eadem Mutato Resurgo" (Although changed, I rise again the same) for piano by doctoral student Joseph Dangerfield.

Rosewall's "Train Movement III" is part of a larger work that concentrates on the life of a man on a train. The third movement mainly concentrates on the awakening from a dream to reveal a harsh reality.

Bilal is a well-known Sudanese composer, singer and writer who established a nonprofit organization, the Elmosley Center for Arts and Music, in Iowa City. He writes that "Pain of the Strings" is "trying to express the strong feeling of pain that a human feels about the bad wars in the world today."

Shoemaker's Piano Trio No. 1 was composed in the winter and spring of 2001. The work is in four movements, echoing the shape of the classical symphony in miniature. According to the composer, "the movements presented here are the two most satisfying movements from the work -- a slow movement cast in the shape of a through-composed funeral march, and the finale, a raucous, asymmetrical dance."

Struck-Marcell describes "Circle Piece" as "an exercise in compositional flexibility: the piano part is optional and the three movements can be played in any order. The rhythmic construction was approached with the goal of achieving a cyclical feel, whereby the first beat of the 13-beat metric structure is felt as both the beginning and end of a phrase."

Dangerfield has written that "'Eadem Mutato Resurgo' is the first in a series of etudes that establishes a connection between music and a geometric shape. This etude explores how the shape of a pentagon might be represented through musical structure. The title is taken from the epithet of the great mathematician Jacques Bernoulli, who was obsessed with the logarithmic spiral, which contains the same proportional relationship to the Golden Ratio (.618) as the pentagon."

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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