By Leta E. Miller
Winner of either the Pulitzer Prize and the Grawemeyer Award, Aaron Jay Kernis accomplished attractiveness as one of many best composers of his iteration whereas nonetheless in his thirties. in view that then his eloquent but obtainable sort, emphasis on melody, and willingness to have interaction well known in addition to classical types has introduced him common acclaim and admiring audiences. Leta Miller's biography deals the 1st survey of the composer's existence and paintings. Immersed in track via heart tuition, and later education below Theodore Antoniou, John Adams, Jacob Druckman, and others, Kernis rejected the assumption of distancing his paintings from worldly matters and dared to compose on political topics. His moment Symphony , from 1991, engaged with the 1st Gulf warfare; 1993's nonetheless second with Hymn was once 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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The family owned some classical records, but it was Aaron who eventually pushed his parents in that direction. During high school, he dragged his mother to the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Friday matinees. Soon his parents were taking him to evening performances as well. S. premiere of Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. 2 Kernis’s parents, Frank (1923–2004) and Mildred (1926–2004) at the time of their wedding in 1949. 3 Frank was tired of slipping on the ice. Aaron might not have been too sorry to leave Philadelphia, either.
Among the most influential concerts he attended was one at the University of Pennsylvania by the ensemble Steve Reich and Musicians. “They played the entire repertoire of their breakthrough Deutsche Grammophon box set in the same year it was released,” Kernis recalls. He became hooked on minimalism. In the summer of 1974 Kernis spotted an ad by the Philadelphia Musical Academy (PMA) calling for the submission of original scores by young people. 15 He spent the summer composing Suite for Chamber Ensemble, scored for violin, viola, cello, bass, bassoon, piano, and two percussionists.
In the central section of the movement (mm. 22–50), the ostinato moves first to f minor and eventually to D♭ major—two mediant progressions. The last eleven measures retrace in reverse the pattern of the first twenty-one, ending, as the movement began, with the single A♭. In all of these movements, the voice part provides a freedom that counterbalances the rigors of the accompaniment. Figure 3. Stein Times Seven (1980), mvt. 4, beginning. (Copyright © 1980 by Associated Music Publishers, Inc. International Copyright Secured.
Aaron Jay Kernis by Leta E. Miller