Introduction to Lament
BY MARK GUSTAVSON
MARK GUSTAVSON is an American composer born in 1959 in Brooklyn, New York. He currently lives in Long Island, New York, and teaches at Nassau Community. In addition to composing and teaching, Gustavson has long performed as a clarinetist in and around New York City. He studied music at University of Illinois and received his D.M.A. from Columbia. Gustavson also studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam on a Fulbright Fellowship. His principal composition teachers were Chinary Ung and Ben Johnston.
He has received numerous awards and prizes: the Bearns Prize, a Kucyna Prize finalist, Walter Hinrichson Award from the Academy/Institute of Arts and Letters, New Music Consort Composers Competition winner. His music has been selected by the Gaudeamus Festival and ISCM World Music Days. Gustavson has received commissions from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Parnassus, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Precipice Saxophone Quartet and New York Youth Symphony. He has also received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, AMC, Meet the Composers, and ASCAP.
“Introduction to Lament” is a piano solo with obbligato bottle wind chimes that opens his monodrama Lament. The bottle wind chimes create the ambient sounds of a 1950’s jazz nightclub, the setting for the monodrama. The middle section is based on a basso ostinato that gradually materializes and accompanies a freely unfolding solo line. Jacob Rhodebeck is the pianist and Mark Gustavson is the percussionist.