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New Music New Haven honors Jacob Druckman Feb. 11

Concert commemorates 20 years since Druckman's death
February 8, 2016

Druckman-at-work-webThe New Music New Haven continues on Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 pm with a program honoring the legacy of long-time YSM faculty member Jacob Druckman.

Born in 1928, Druckman became chair of the Yale composition department in 1976 and remained a professor here until his death in 1996. In the 1960s, Druckman explored the use of electronics in music composition, becoming ” a skillful exponent of electronic music” (New York Times).

But his music was more than that; his publisher notes that he was devoted “to the exploration of sound and color, both instrumental and electronic,” and that he was heralded for his ingenious and cogent formal designs.” The February 11 concert will feature two of Druckman’s works as well as new pieces by YSM composition students.

The first half of the program features the student works. A vintage toy organ is featured in both of Molly Joyce‘s pieces: Breaking and Entering with pre-recorded electronics, and Embodiment with glockenspiel. These pieces will be followed by Ethan Braun‘s Triptych, performed by percussionists Maria Chlebus, Yifei Fu, Matthew Keown, Kramer Milan, Jeffrey Stern, and Sam Um. Brian Heim‘s beethoven pitchsort [ascending] for live electronics will close the first half.

The program’s second half focuses on Druckman, beginning with a video tribute created by the Oral History of American Music project (OHAM). The concert culminates with two of Druckman’s works: Valentine for solo double bass and Bo for an eclectic mixed ensemble.

During intermission and after the concert, a display of Druckman’s personal memorabilia, also provided by OHAM, will be on display in the Blocker Room in Sprague Hall.