Composition Forum

2018 6th Composition Contest

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 7:00pm
Sweeney Hall, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Sponsored by Don and Sandra Freund

The Composition Contest of the USA International Harp Competition takes place triennially the year prior to the triennial performance competition. It was established as a part of the USAIHC’s goal to inspire composers to write new works for the harp and to promote the instrument. The 6th Contest received 90 applications submitted by composers from 33 countries. The program below includes excerpts from the 6th Composition Contest’s finalists and semifinalists performed by the Peabody Harp Department.


Program

Design……………………………………………………………….....Mingwei He, China (b. 1977)
I. Witches’ Broth                                                                                                 
II. White Spider                                                                                                 
III. Frothy Flower                                                                                               
IV. Dark Night                                                                                             
Thea Kammerling 


Lament
…………………………………………..…….…………Maxwell Lafontant, USA (b. 1980)

Jessica Sudarta
 

La bailarina de flamenco*…………………...………………..……….Cécile Buchet, France (b. 1988)

Melody Leung
 

Northern Wind*…………………………………………….……………….Uri Brener, Israel (b. 1974
I. Improvisation                                                                                               
II. Raga                                                                                                
Esther Yoon Chung
 

Dialogues Rêvants*……………….......................…...........................Ansgar Beste, Germany (b. 1981)

Sydney Campen
 

Flamboyant*…………………………………….……………Marc-Henri Cykiert, Belgium (b. 1957)

Olivia Castor


Cogitation*……………………….…………………………….…..Natalie Wong, Australia (b. 1991)

Erin Baker

 
Ar Lan y Môr*………………………………….….Ceiri Torjussen, USA/United Kingdom (b. 1976)

Jasmine Hogan

Question and Answer Session with 6th Composition Contest Winner, Uno Alexander Vesje

  *US Premiere


The Peabody Harp Department

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The Peabody Harp Department, under the guidance of Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield, has presented the Composition Forum for the USAIHC since its inception in 2007. As a group, the current and former Peabody students are quite active in the Baltimore area, presenting monthly outreach recitals and teaching a community engagement program called Harp Adventures. They were featured performers at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, with an original multi-media presentation, entitled Baltimore Dimensions. Today’s performers, pictured above, are Jessica Sudarta, Jasmine Hogan, Olivia Castor, Esther Yoon Chung, Thea Kammerling, Sydney Campen, Melody Leung, and Erin Baker.


2018 6th Composition Contest Winner

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Uno Alexander Vesje

Uno Alexander Vesje (1989) is a Norwegian harpist and composer. Uno studied harp performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and earned his Masters Degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. In 2017, Uno earned a Masters Degree in Composition at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with the project “Harp – from solo to bigger format”.  

Uno has won a number of prizes and scholarships for his harp compositions as well as his performances on the instrument. His accolades include third prize in the International Edvard Grieg Composition Contest for his solo suite for harp (2014), semifinalist at the World Harp Competition (2018), and receipt of two Norwegian Art Councils Art Grants, both as a harpist and as a composer. His harp concerto, Bragi’s Harp, was selected to be performed with the Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the final gala concert at the Young Nordic Music Festival in 2018.

Uno has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and performed the world premiere of his own harp concerto with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Opera. He has performed as a soloist of his own compositions in venues around the world including the Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheater at the World Harp Congress, in the Oslo Concert Hall at TEDx, and at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht for the Dutch Harp Festival. His international debut performance as performer/composer took place at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2016. Uno has contributed to a number of recordings as both a harpist and composer. He has released two albums, “Poems From a City”  (2014) and “Oslo(ve)”  (2017).

www.unoharp.com

Program Note

Life is flashing before my eyes and I realize it all started with a blackbird for Live Harp and Soundtrack

As an artist, my highest goal is to compose and perform new music for the harp that appeals to a broader audience, develop the possibilities of this amazing instrument, and tell musical stories through my compositions. I usually compose more rhythmical parts using the percussive elements of the instrument, but in this piece I rather embraced the resonance and the ringing sound of the harp. The piece La Volière Magique by Marcel Tournier was a big inspiration for this composition and led to asking myself, how would I write music about a magical aviary? What are the feelings from the birds captured inside - magical and beautiful? Or trapped and uncomfortable? There is something about this duplicity that you find everywhere in this world: the captured and the free, the natural and artificial, life and death. The inner battle of one’s duplicity is what I have wanted to explore in this composition. When I perform this piece I have my own personal story behind the music. I hope each harpist will present their own personal story through their interpretation of Life is flashing before my eyes and I realize that it all started with a blackbird.