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Contemporary Composers Collection, 1981-2002 | Music Special Collections

By Jessica Mirasol

Collection Overview

Title: Contemporary Composers Collection, 1981-2002View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1981-2002, undated

ID: 00.1/DCR PC 1

Primary Creator: Old Dominion University Libraries Diehn Composers Room

Other Creators: Anderson, Allen (Allen L.), Caldwell, James (1957-), Davis, Douglas, Diemer, Emma Lou, Fornuto, Donato D., Gottschalk, Arthur (1952-), Healey, Derek (1936-), Jex, David, Kasparov, Andrey (1966-), Klein, Joseph (1962-), Lieuwen, Peter, Macbride, David, Newmark, Jonathan, Snyder, Randall, Sochinski, James Richard (1947-), Vanneschi, Luca

Extent: 6.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by composer's last name.

Date Acquired: 05/00/2011. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Composers, Music--United States--20th century

Languages: English, Italian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is made up of unpublished new music scores and recordings. The collection promotes new music through performance and actively pursues donations.

Portions of the Contemporary Composers Collection have been digitized and are available in the Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections.

Subject/Index Terms

Composers
Music--United States--20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Music Special Collections

Accruals: Additions to this collection are made on an ongoing basis by several donors.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Composers

Acquisition Method: New music composers are contacted and encouraged to donate copies of their unpublished materials only.

Related Materials: New Music Performance Collection of the Old Dominion University Libraries Diehn Composers Room

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Item [insert number and title], Contemporary Composers Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: This collection was processed by Jessica Mirasol in 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: Continual processing occurrs as donations are made.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Item:

[Item 1: Anderson, Allen: Cloud Collar, 1997],
[Item 2: Caldwell, James: Concerto for Wind Ensemble, undated],
[Item 3: Current, Brian: This Isn't Silence, 1998, 2001],
[Item 4: Davis, Douglas: Skylark of Many Hearts, 1998],
[Item 5: Diemer, Emma Lou: La Rag, 1981],
[Item 6: Fornuto, Donato D.: Concerto for Piano and Concert Band, undated],
[Item 7: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Concerto for Wind & Percussion Orchestra, 2002],
[Item 8: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Christmas Colors for Symphony Band, 1989],
[Item 9: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Leyenda, 1988],
[Item 10: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Ut Queant Lexis, 1999],
[Item 11: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Triad, 1991],
[Item 12: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Tricolor Concert March, 1992],
[Item 13: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Roulades, undated],
[Item 14: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Overture: Measure for Measure, undated],
[Item 15: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: RAR, 2002],
[Item 16: Healey, Derek: One Midsummer's Morning, 1997],
[Item 17: Jex, David: Three Songs from Life, 1988],
[Item 18: Kasparov, Andrey: Sonata No. 1 "In Tre Canti Ostinati", 1988],
[Item 19: Kasparov, Andrey: Three Prayers for String Quartet, 1993],
[Item 20: Kasparov, Andrey: Nocturne, 1998],
[Item 21: Kasparov, Andrey: Variations on a Theme by Mark Schultz, 2001],
[Item 22: Kasparov, Andrey: Peristroika, 1999],
[Item 23: Klein, Joseph: March Transforms, 1986, 1993],
[Item 24: Lacaze, Sophie: Ave Maris Stella, undated],
[Item 25: Lacaze, Sophie: Het Lam Gods, undated],
[Item 26: Lacaze, Sophie: Preludes pour Piano, undated],
[Item 27: Lacaze, Sophie: Tarentella, undated],
[Item 28: Lieuwen, Peter: Sea Space, 1991],
[Item 29: Macbride, David: Teeth, undated],
[Item 30: Newmark, Jonathan: String Trio, 1997],
[Item 31: Newmark, Jonathan: Introduction and Scherzo (2001), 2001],
[Item 32: Newmark, Jonathan: Duo Sonatina, 1995],
[Item 33: Smith, Kile: Three Dances, 1998],
[Item 34: Snyder, Randall: The Voyages of Ibn Battuta, 1989],
[Item 35: Sochinski, James: Ostinato Dance, undated],
[Item 36: Townsend, Perry: The Jester Sings, 1995],
[Item 37: Vanneschi, Luca: Three Angels, undated],
[All]

Item 30: Newmark, Jonathan: String Trio, 1997View associated digital content.

Pianist, violist, and conductor Jonathan Newmark ’74 composes his own music by hand, resisting the increasingly common tendency to rely on computer programs that ease the process of editing. “The hardest thing is to get started,” he says. “Every work starts with some sort of germ: a chord, a chord progression, a motive, or even a form. Getting to that germ takes the most time and effort. Once there, the process of expansion and variation is more organic and a lot more fun.”

Newmark’s first CD of his own chamber works, Trios and Duos: Chamber Music 1993-2001, features four pieces for a variety of instruments (including oboe, bassoon, horn, piano, and strings). The project reflects a long-standing love. He began studying piano and viola in third grade and attended the preparatory divisions of the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York. One of his greatest influences was his high-school viola teacher, now 90, with whom he still keeps in touch. “The biggest thing she did for me was that she turned me on to chamber music,” he says. “When I was in ninth grade, I organized a string quartet with three eighth-grade friends, and we stayed together, even while we were going to different colleges, for 10 years. We discovered the literature the old-fashioned way, not by listening to records, but by sight-reading.” Newmark still plays chamber music full-time two weeks a year at the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East at Bennington College. “If my chamber works are well-written,” he explains, “it’s due to spending decades playing really great literature for small combinations.”

Remarkably, music is not his primary career. He is a clinical neurologist, as well as a specialist in medical responses to chemical and biological warfare and terrorism. In 1993, at a professional crossroads and not having written music in more than 25 years, he started composing seriously. The same year, he switched from the Army Reserve to active duty. He now holds the rank of colonel and is medical deputy to the two-star general who manages all acquisition programs for the Department of Defense in chemical and biological defense. He continues to attend on the inpatient neurology service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and lectures to medical students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Balancing his multiple careers is not easy. “There’s no rulebook, and I have to improvise,” he says. “I think, like most reservists and many of my musician friends, that I’ve gotten quite good at multitasking, a skill I probably honed in college.” During the recording process, Newmark was sometimes frustrated by the near-impossibility of synchronizing his own schedule with those of the professional musicians. But despite the challenges of coordinating collaboration in the studio, he counts himself lucky as a composer. “It was indeed an honor,” he says, “to have such wonderful players taking my music seriously.”

Newmark’s musical tastes, developed in part during his undergraduate years as an announcer for WHRB, are eclectic; he listens to many different genres, including classical, Appalachian bluegrass, and jazz. Still, his “desert island composer”—the one whose music he would want to keep if he had to give up all others’—is J.S. Bach. In the future, he wants to dedicate more time to composition. “I’d like to continue to write music that gets played and survives me, so that there’s something left of me when I’m gone,” he says. “I realize that sounds a bit egotistical, but having the chutzpah to inflict my dissonances on others, in Charles Ives’s phrase, is an egotistical act. And no one has to listen to what I write. If they enjoy it, that’s icing on the cake.”

http://harvardmagazine.com/2009/05/life-in-counterpoint


Browse by Item:

[Item 1: Anderson, Allen: Cloud Collar, 1997],
[Item 2: Caldwell, James: Concerto for Wind Ensemble, undated],
[Item 3: Current, Brian: This Isn't Silence, 1998, 2001],
[Item 4: Davis, Douglas: Skylark of Many Hearts, 1998],
[Item 5: Diemer, Emma Lou: La Rag, 1981],
[Item 6: Fornuto, Donato D.: Concerto for Piano and Concert Band, undated],
[Item 7: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Concerto for Wind & Percussion Orchestra, 2002],
[Item 8: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Christmas Colors for Symphony Band, 1989],
[Item 9: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Leyenda, 1988],
[Item 10: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Ut Queant Lexis, 1999],
[Item 11: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Triad, 1991],
[Item 12: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Tricolor Concert March, 1992],
[Item 13: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Roulades, undated],
[Item 14: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: Overture: Measure for Measure, undated],
[Item 15: Gottschalk, Arthur W.: RAR, 2002],
[Item 16: Healey, Derek: One Midsummer's Morning, 1997],
[Item 17: Jex, David: Three Songs from Life, 1988],
[Item 18: Kasparov, Andrey: Sonata No. 1 "In Tre Canti Ostinati", 1988],
[Item 19: Kasparov, Andrey: Three Prayers for String Quartet, 1993],
[Item 20: Kasparov, Andrey: Nocturne, 1998],
[Item 21: Kasparov, Andrey: Variations on a Theme by Mark Schultz, 2001],
[Item 22: Kasparov, Andrey: Peristroika, 1999],
[Item 23: Klein, Joseph: March Transforms, 1986, 1993],
[Item 24: Lacaze, Sophie: Ave Maris Stella, undated],
[Item 25: Lacaze, Sophie: Het Lam Gods, undated],
[Item 26: Lacaze, Sophie: Preludes pour Piano, undated],
[Item 27: Lacaze, Sophie: Tarentella, undated],
[Item 28: Lieuwen, Peter: Sea Space, 1991],
[Item 29: Macbride, David: Teeth, undated],
[Item 30: Newmark, Jonathan: String Trio, 1997],
[Item 31: Newmark, Jonathan: Introduction and Scherzo (2001), 2001],
[Item 32: Newmark, Jonathan: Duo Sonatina, 1995],
[Item 33: Smith, Kile: Three Dances, 1998],
[Item 34: Snyder, Randall: The Voyages of Ibn Battuta, 1989],
[Item 35: Sochinski, James: Ostinato Dance, undated],
[Item 36: Townsend, Perry: The Jester Sings, 1995],
[Item 37: Vanneschi, Luca: Three Angels, undated],
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