David Lipten wins 2017-18 Call for Scores

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We’re excited to announce that David Lipten’s energetic Tongue & Groove is the winner of Elevate Ensemble’s second annual call for scores. We received over 100 scores from across the country, representing a wide range of styles. There was a lot of fantastic music submitted, making the selection process incredibly difficult.

In the end, however, we feel not only that Tongue & Groove is a gripping and masterfully crafted piece, but also that it fits perfectly with the theme of our May 19 season closing concert Transformations, on which we’ll perform the piece. Tongue & Groove moves in and out of tonality in a way that parallels the Schoenberg Chamber Symphony that inspired the concert.

In addition to David’s piece, we also want to recognize two other outstanding pieces that we have awarded honorable mentions: Chiayu Hsu’s Taiwan Miniatures and Pedram Diba’s CheSeShooEsMah. Both are excellent pieces that we hope to program in future seasons.

You can hear all three pieces below, embedded in this post. We’ll also be following up with more information about David and his piece as we get closer to the performance.

David Lipten: call-for-scores winner

david lipten Based in Tallahassee, Florida, composer David Lipten writes music that has been described as possessing “a strength and integrity…along with a deep [and]…rigorous musical lyricism.” The New York New Music Ensemble, the Chester Quartet, and the Bienen Contemporary Ensemble, among others, have premiered his compositions.

David holds a Ph.D. from Duke University, where he worked with Scott Lindroth, and an M.A. from Queens College/CUNY, having worked with Thea Musgrave. He was recently appointed to the composition faculty at Florida State University. You can learn more about David on his website.

About Tongue & Groove

The musical narrative in Tongue & Groove (2016) for oboe and strings is transformed by the numerous interruptions that disrupt its overall flow. Different styles are also juxtaposed, progressing from the somewhat less familiar to the more traditional and back again. The piece may be performed as either a quintet or as a work for soloist plus string orchestra.

Tongue & Groove was commissioned by the New Score Chamber Orchestra in Orlando, Florida and was premiered by Jared Hauser, oboe, and the Blair String Quartet + at Vanderbilt University in 2017.

Honorable Mention:
Chiayu Hsu (Eau Claire, WI)

Chiayu Hsu

Taiwan Miniatures (2017)
for string octet

From Chiayu: “The piece depicts the transformation of scenes of Taiwan from the beautiful dawn in the mountain to the polluted rivers and hills and finally to the rice fields and ocean.”

Honorable Mention:
Pedram Diba (Eugene, OR)

Pedram Diba

CheSeShooEsMah (2017)
for 2 flutes, clarinet, viola, cello, and percussion

From Pedram: “This piece explores a sound world that involves elements from the music of the west and Persian music. The title of the piece is constructed from the beginning of the names of Persian tuning systems (Chehargah, Segah, Shoor, Esfahan, and Mahoor).”