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.

4.2 | SUMMER 2017

Contents

"Turnage Effect III"
Evelyn Rapin
Cover Art


"Taraf de Haidouks"
Igor Andrić
Classical

"Mielikki"
Ararur
Jazz

"All the Lights are Gathered in Your Eyes"
Robert A. Baker
Classical

"Preconsciousness"
Michele Cheng
Classical

"Aftermath at the Museum with Fragments of Sappho"
Tara Deal
Fiction

"Dekaeptet"
Blake DeGraw
Experimental

"12 Rings"
Giosuè Grassia
Experimental

"Introduction to Lament"
Mark Gustavson
Classical

"Hallucinations"
Marissa Hickman
Electronic

"The Vulture"
Vahid Jahandari
Electronic

"Marble Swap"
Bryan Jones
Fiction

"The Firing of the Music Teacher"
Richard Krause
Fiction

"Minneapolis Cherry Blossoms"
Saul Lemerond
Fiction

"Frenetic Sparks: Movement 1, 'Right Now'"
Joanne C. Maffia
Experimental

"Planes"
Ted Morrissey
Fiction

"Pillars"
Osnat Netzer
Classical

"Each Measure an Echo"
Suzanne Farrell Smith
Creative Nonfiction

"The Astronomer"
Ewan Stefani
Electronic

"Recontextualizations"
Jorge Variego
Jazz

"The Letter"
Tianyi Wang
Electronic