ADVICE TO YOUNG MUSICIANS (2012) by Jonathan Howard Katz
For tenor voice, viola, and accordion
Texts by Robert Schumann (in German)
Duration: 5 minutes
World premiere: May 15, 2012
Elebash Hall, New York
Chad Cygan, tenor; Gregory Williams, viola; Red Wierenga, accordion
Includes two copies of 9 in. x 12 in. bound score (both instrumentalists play from score) and one 9 x 12 bound vocal score
Vocal range: C#3 – C#5
Program note: I wrote this work while a PhD student in composition at the CUNY Graduate Center. It’s dryly humorous throughout, setting ten of Schumann’s aphorisms from his Musikalische Haus- und Lebens-Regeln. His advice includes, “From vocalists you may learn much, but do not believe all that they say,” and “You should neither play bad compositions, nor, unless compelled, listen to them.”
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