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Music from Copand House: Pierre Jalbert, "Secret Alchemy"

On January 16th, Music from Copland House released an album of music by Pierre Jalbert, entitled Secret Alchemy. Referring to Jalbert's piece of the same name, this album title also suggests Jalbert's uncanny ability to combine musical idioms, create a singular compositional voice that emerges as completely new. The album contain recordings of works composed over a span of 15 years, including Piano Trio No. 1 (1998), String Trio (2008), Crossings (2011), and the titular piece, Secret Alchemy (2012). Check out an excerpt of Jalbert's Piano Trio No. 1, which the American Record Guide called "a new masterwork", above; and Jalbert's NewMusicBox interview below. 

Pierre Jalbert: All Music Great and Small from NewMusicBox on Vimeo.

Chiara Quartet Premieres Pierre Jalbert's "String Quartet No. 6"

Whether he's writing for an orchestra, voice, solo instrument, or chamber ensemble, Pierre Jalbert packs fiery virtuosity, rhythmic intensity, and a depth of spirit into his music that is uniquely his own. Jalbert has already written numerous string quartets, many of which are available from PSNY (HowlIcefield Sonnets, Thumbelina, and Quartets Nos. 3, 4, and 5); on February 1, the Chiara String Quartet will premiere his String Quartet No. 6 "Canticle"at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln


(Chiara String Quartet; photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

As the title of this new work implies, "Canticle" evokes liturgical song by its use of bell-like sounds, created by the quartet's typical string instruments as well as by an array of percussion equipment, including glass rods and crotales. To get a sense of Jalbert's writing for string quartet, check out an excerpt from his String Quartet No. 4, commissioned and premiered by the Escher Quartet in 2008:

Additional performances of Jalbert's new quartet will take place on February 9 at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT and on May 11 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Keep an eye out for Jalbert's String Quartet No. 6 "Canticle" on PSNY soon! 

Pierre Jalbert and Erin Gee at Tanglewood

Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music celebrates its fifty-second year with a stunning roster of powerful American composers, this year including works by PSNY composers Pierre Jalbert and Erin Gee. Jalbert's Visual Abstract, commissioned by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in 2002, melds sound and image into three movements that react to three ecstatic moments: the ringing of a church bell, the experience of looking up into a church's dome, and the image and movement of a group of dancers. It will be performed in Seiji Ozawa Hall on July 23rd.  Check out Jalbert's Visual Abstract below: 

Jalbert's Crossings will also be performed at Caramoor on July 22nd, in a program presented by Music from Copland House, which commissioned the piece in 2011.

On the same program as Jalbert's Visual Abstract, Erin Gee will premiere a new work, commisioned by Tanglewood, for voice, violin, viola, and double bass. Check out an excerpt for Gee's Mouthpiece below.

Mouthpiece I from Erin Gee on Vimeo.

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