By Leta E. Miller
Winner of either the Pulitzer Prize and the Grawemeyer Award, Aaron Jay Kernis completed attractiveness as one of many best composers of his iteration whereas nonetheless in his thirties. due to the fact then his eloquent but available kind, emphasis on melody, and willingness to have interaction well known in addition to classical types has introduced him frequent acclaim and admiring audiences. Leta Miller's biography deals the 1st survey of the composer's lifestyles and paintings. Immersed in song through center college, and later education lower than Theodore Antoniou, John Adams, Jacob Druckman, and others, Kernis rejected the assumption of distancing his paintings from worldly issues and dared to compose on political topics. His moment Symphony , from 1991, engaged with the 1st Gulf battle; 1993's nonetheless second with Hymn used to be a response to the Bosnian Genocide; and the subsequent year's coloured box and 1995's Lament and Prayer handled the Holocaust. but Kernis extensively utilized resources as disparate as futurist agitprop and kid's video games to...
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Composers—United States— Biography. I. Title. 92—dc23 [B] 2013050774 CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 1. Introduction 2. Learning the Craft: Early Years and Training (1960–1983) 3. Kernis Meets the New York Philharmonic 4. Coming to Grips with History (1984–1991) 5. War, with Interludes (1991–1995) 6. Triumphs and Tribulations: Big Commissions, Big Risks, Big Rewards (1995–2001) 7. Family Matters (2002–2009) 8. Looking to the Future APPENDIX: CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF WORKS SUGGESTED LISTENING NOTES INDEX ACKNOWLEDGMENTS THIS BOOK WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE without the enthusiastic cooperation of Aaron Jay Kernis, who not only opened his archive of documents to me but also gave unstintingly of his time for interviews and innumerable email messages.
These compositions bear the subtitle “Cycle” (given in parentheses after their main titles) and were composed using process-oriented rhythmical structures that functioned as self-imposed boundaries to control his imagination. “At the time I was convinced that too much freedom was damaging to writing music,” he said years later. ”30 His pre-compositional processes were often mathematical, sometimes minimalist or serialized. In other cases they involved setting up texts to form a logical progression or drawing inspiration from visual stimuli to suggest a structure that would yield large-scale coherence.
7 The conductor explained that his original intention “was to let you, the audience, participate in … the first meeting that we have on stage with a young composer’s work,” but after seeing the complexities of the two scores, he “didn’t dare” attempt the task for the first time in public—a confession the audience greeted with sympathetic laughter. After Druckman introduced the program, Kernis gave the audience a succinct two-minute summary of his work’s aesthetics. “Dream of the morning sky,” he said, moves from the amorphous to the concrete on both a musical and a metaphysical plane.
Aaron Jay Kernis by Leta E. Miller