Woodard: Lyric Suite for Prepared Piano - III

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Kathryn Woodard
Kathryn Woodard, composer and performer

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The six movements of Lyric Suite are the result of a single improvisational session on August 22, 2008. Woodard arrived at the extensive preparations for the piano from her knowledge of John Cage’s works for prepared piano and from earlier attempts to create all the instruments and timbres of the Balinese gamelan gong kebyar, which she had become familiar with as a member of Gamelan Dharma Swara in New York. Elements of the improvisation also betray influence from that style of music, such as the layering of lines, punctuating ‘gong’ strokes and even certain melodic modes. The title is a nod to Robert Motherwell’s painting cycle of the same name (rather than Alban Berg’s orchestral suite), which is based on similar improvisational impulses inspired by far eastern aesthetics and notions of creativity.

NEWS

  

Chamber concert at SALON 33 (Princeton, NJ) - Featuring  works by Karl Blench, Erin Busch, Libby Larsen, Ilhan Usmanbas and Kathryn Woodard; October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

- With Deborah Popham, soprano; Emma Hey, viola, Christy Banks, clarinet; Kathryn Woodard, piano

 

Haverford College Orchestra under the direction of Heidi Jacob will perform "Aegean Spring" by Erkin/(Woodard) on Nov. 22, 2019

 

Mid-America Freedom Band under the direction of Lee Hartman will perform "Victory March" by Leyla Saz/(Woodard), March 1, 2020 in Kansas City, MO

QUICK Links

 

Listen to Ulvi Cemal Erkin's piano pieces, Impressions (1, 5, 10, 11), Verda Erman, piano

No. 1, No. 5, No. 10, No. 11

 

Check out the video pages for the Anthology of Turkish Piano Music:

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III 

 

Listen to an excerpt of "Aegean Spring" read at the Midwest Clinic Orchestra Reading session here!

 

View one of our featured titles, "Victory March," here.

 

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