As a classically-trained harpist, DANIELLE KUNTZ has always gravitated toward new and little performed music. Fueled by her desire to make the harp accessible to composers, she has built a growing library of harp writing resources and tutorials. Danielle also collaborates with composers around the world and aims to make her resources available to student composers. Danielle is also an advocate for new music within the harp community and seeks to encourage harpists to move beyond their comfort zone and explore new music. Danielle holds an M.M. in Harp Performance from the University of North Texas and currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is 15 one-minute works written by different composers specifically for a musician or ensemble. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame gives a variety of new music by living composers to audiences hungry to hear what is being created in today's music scene. The Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame project has featured more than 75 musician/ensembles premiering the works of over 1000 composers in New York City. The project has presented works across the United States and 10 other countries.
Ali A'râb is an Iranian contemporary composer. He was born in 2003 in Isfahan, Iran. A'râb started his music education in Fine Art School of Music of Isfahan and graduated in 2021. Now he is a scholar of music and intrested in traditional cultures.
David Bohn received degrees in composition from the University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Illinois. He currently resides in West Allis, Wisconsin, and is the music director at St. John's Lutheran Church in West Milwaukee. He is the President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers.
Michael Coleman has participated as composer/pianist in numerous new music programs and festivals in the U.S and Russia and has also had works performed in North & Central America, Europe, and Eurasia. He currently teaches at Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida.
"7/12 #1" (2022) is a work for solo harp and is dedicated to Danielle Kuntz as part of her participation in the Fifteen-Minutes-Of-Fame project. The title refers to the use of one pedal setting using 7 of the 12 chromatic pitches.
Pablo Fedele is an Argentinian-born, American composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist, based in South Florida, United States. His music includes classical contemporary, experimental, concrete music, psychedelic rock, sound design, ambient, instrumental indie rock, jazz, blues, acoustic, folk and film scores.
: Dedicated to harpist Danielle Kuntz, the piece is written in ¾ in the key of Eb major and presents melodic and rhythm patterns that reappear throughout the piece as leitmotifs. Is conceived as a short dance. An ode to the slow and gentle moving wind of a winter sunny morning.
Michael Goodman creates music that is organic by including acting, speech, humor, and drama. His music stems from personal, neurodivergent experiences of his own or close friends. He combines various genres such as rock, jazz, and classical music to create a musical space that is uniquely expressive and authentic.
Sometimes, you wonder to yourself "Why am I at [insert location]?" When you are in this situation, it is best to explore as you might something worthwhile.
Sandro Montalto (Italy, 1978) studied piano, conducting, composition. He wrote music for piano, chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind band and choir, as well as various elaborations and orchestrations. He has also written some musicological contributions. He is also the author of books on prose, poetry, theater, aphorisms, criticism, literary essays.
A Portable Storm tells in a few seconds the arrival of a storm, amidst mysterious gusts of increasingly violent wind. There is an illusion of calm in the central area, where, albeit in a rather obscure way, previous materials are processed, then the forces of nature return to unleash. Finally, there is the sudden stop of everything, the extinction of so much fury: “A Storm in a Teacup”
David writes with a ginger ale in hand on a balcony surrounded by forest. It’s from here, surrounded by nature, that all of his music begins – before being released into and around the world. www.bluesilhouettes.com
A creator of traditional music scores, graphic scores, and digital audio works, Greg Pfeiffer's works are diverse. Interested and influenced by aleatoric processes, various pitch systems, traditional and jazz harmony, sampling and non-Western music. His works have been performed throughout the US and internationally.
Music, like other things, comes into existence from a set of probabilities. Scores are merely instructions. Each performance unveils a unique outcome; a wave function collapse revealing a single existent state as it is actualized.
Kevin is based in northern New Jersey. His works are often expressions of sound and the acoustics of the instruments, themselves. He was formally trained in composition at Indiana University and New York University. Kevin also plays French horn, and is attempting to learn guitar.
"Ice to Water" is a reflection the cold months of the Northeast. During the winter, time can seem to slow, but there is still movement to and from points of stasis that never really exist. The phrase itself comes from wording often used in meditations by Tara Brach.
The music of composer and conductor Josh Trentadue explores philosophical and spiritual views on humanity, nature, and life itself, balancing contemporary and evocative textures with unconventional and experimental soundscapes. An advocate of new music, he seeks to provide immersive and engaging experiences for performers and audiences everywhere.
During the winter, it’s not often that it snows where I live in Connecticut. When it does snow, however, the moment typically doesn’t last for too long. This short work for harp is sentimental in nature, admiring the beauty of these short snowfalls yet longing for more.
Dionicio Aguirre Treviño is a Monterrey-based composer who enjoys writing electroacoustic, acousmatic and chamber music, exploring the shared world between Western Art Music, folkloric tradition and the interplay of cultural, linguistic and religious expressions, while still focusing in an intense expression of the self.
It happened on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain, and the sound of an exceedingly loud and terrifying shofar; and all the people who were in the camp trembled. -Shemot 19:16
P. Kellach Waddle ( b.1967) enjoys a busy career as a composer, solo bassist, orchestral bassist, chamber musician, concert curator, and writer. Among his nearly 740 works include many chamber works including harp,and a book of bass and harp duos; this however is his first work for solo harp.
Dark ultra-chromatic dissonances derived from a row I am using often lately form the three materials present in this piece : 1. a cold, secco set of single notes, 2. more melodic running 8ths with tertian chords with " wrong" notes added accompanying, and 3. ultra dramatic loud chords.
Born in London to an English father and a French mother, Peregrine Wade struggled with an undiagnosed hearing problem for many years. His scientific studies and his passion for filmmaking has resulted in a very structured approach to music that still remains highly motivated by storytelling.
'Frisson' is modulatory passage that might accompany a key moment in a film. It is intended to portray that 'shivery' sensation of the familiar made unfamiliar. I also wanted to write something simple which could only exist on the pedal harp, taking advantage of the instrument's unique design and resonance.
Anneloes Wolters (1973) is a Dutch composer who writes Story in Music. She started writing for the harp during the pandemic and found it to be one of the most interesting instruments to compose music for. The challenges of the harp improved her thinking about harmony and orchestration.
Music for harp solo: https://anneloeswolters.com/product-category/my-music/solo-duo/harp/
When is that day that birthdays stopped about proudly growing up and adding numbers? I recalled the title Unbirthday Song from Alice in Wonderland and wrote thing as my answer. There is no key in this composition, as is probably not behind the looking glass?
Sebastian Zaczek is a 19 year old composer and computer science student from Germany, who is particularly interested in the subjective perception of music. Gradual processes and a focus on subtle playing with timbre often play a central role in his compositions.
a sound decayed is not forgotten it lingers in the listener's mind