Theodore Presser Company is pleased to announce the publication of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Excursion for Contrabass and Piano…
Ellen Zwilich was already imagining music for contrabass and piano when bassist Michael Cameron serendipitously contacted her to commission such a work for premiere at the 2017 International Society of Bassists convention. The resulting Excursion is a six-minute work best described by its evocative title. Excursion teases with long sustained notes charged with expectations of being ready to take off in the fast lane at any moment, a promise which is realized with great exhilaration. Two piano parts are included with the publication to provide for solo tuning as well as concert pitch performance.
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich composes music “with fingerprints,” music that is immediately recognized as her own. Ms. Zwilich combines craft and inspiration, reflecting an optimistic and humanistic spirit that gives her a unique musical voice. A prolific composer in virtually all media, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s works have been performed by most of the leading American orchestras and by major ensembles abroad, including the Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the IRIS Orchestra.
Ms. Zwilich has won numerous awards, including the 1983 Pulitzer Prize in Music (Symphony No. 1), the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Chamber Music Prize, the Arturo Toscanini Music Critics Award, the Ernst von Dohnányi Citation, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and four Grammy nominations. To read more about Zwilich, see her Composer Page or her website.
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