The Lily in a Crystal (after Herrick)


Gregory W. Brown's first work for electromagnetically prepared piano. All of the sounds are generated either by typical means, harmonics (reaching inside the piano), or by electromagnetically actuating the strings. There are no loudspeakers involved. Cage's influence is clearly evident, though these electromagnetic preparations differ from Cage's in that the added elements do not ever touch the strings directly.

About The Artist
Gregory W. Brown is an avid composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music with performances throughout the United States and Europe. His studies were taken with 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan, Stefan Young, Adrian Childs, and Leonard V. (“Chic”) Ball. His recent commissions for vocal ensemble New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio; and his latest major work, the Missa Charles Darwin, was featured at a recent TEDx event in Woods Hole, MA, with the full premiere coming shortly thereafter as part of the Falmouth Forum. Recent commissions include works for New York Polyphony, Athens Guitar Trio, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, and the 2012 Five-College Choral Festival in Northampton, MA.

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