Matthew Greenbaum

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MATTHEW GREENBAUM was born in New York City in 1950. He studied composition with Stefan Wolpe and Mario Davidovsky and holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Serge Koussevitzky Music Funds/Library of Congress Commission for a new work for the Freiburg Ensemble SurPlus, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund and the New York Foundation of the Arts.

His works have been presented/performed/commissioned by the Darmstadt Summer Festival, the Leningrad Spring Festival, the Jakart Festival (Indonesia), the Hallische Musiktage, the Fromm Foundation, the Meet the Composer/ Readers Digest Commissioning Fund, Ensemble SurPlus (Freiburg), Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Ensemble 21 (Odense), the Da Capo Chamber Players, Cygnus, Parnassus, Fred Sherry, Marc-André Hamelin, David Holzman, Stephanie Griffin, the Momenta String Quartet, Network for New Music/Penn Council on the Arts, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Group for Contemporary Music, Orchestra 2001, Christopher Taylor and the Riverside Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. His works are published by Tunbridge Music, Cygnus Music and the American Composers Alliance. They have been recorded for Antes, Centaur and CRI.

An all-Greenbaum CD has been released on Centaur Records. The American Academy of Arts and Letters has sponsored the releast of five works on the Furious Artisans label via iTunes. Greenbaum is also a video artist, whose works include APPROXIMATE MAN (video setting of L’homme approximatif for soprano, viola and computer sound), and the music videos ONTOGENY and ON BROADWAY. Greenbaum was artistic director of the Stefan Wolpe Centennial Festival NY (2002-3). He is a professor of composition at Temple University. He is currently at work on a book, Musical Dialectic, a study of the interrelationship of musical and philosophical structure. Greenbaum was artistic director of the Stefan Wolpe Centennial Festival NY (2002-3).

He is a professor of composition at Temple University. He is currently at work on a book, Musical Dialectic, a study of the interrelationship of musical and philosophical structure. An all-Greenbaum CD is available on Centaur Records (2004). It includes UNTIMELY OBSERVATIONS for viola and piano, A FLOATING ISLAND (chamber opera), CASTELNAU for string quartet and PROSPECT RETROSPECT for cello and piano. Performers include Fred Sherry, cello; Blair McMillen and David Holzman piano; Stephanie Griffin, viola, the Momenta String Quartet and Network for New Music.

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1 ANOMALIES (2017)
piano

2 AUTOMAT (2012)
electronic music with video, fixed media

3 BALLATE (2005)
solo piano

4 BAU (2007)
ENG. HORN, VIOLIN, CELLO, GUITAR, BANJO, AND COMPUTER SOUND

5 BITS AND PIECES (2012)
tenor sax with video

7 CASTELNAU (2008)
String Orchestra

8 CHACONNE BY ATTRITION (2006)
violin solo

9 ELEGY (1998)
piano solo

10 ENHARMONICON (2001)
cl, Bbtpt, vn

11 Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes (2016)
Soprano, 2 guitars

12 ES IST ZUM LACHEN (2008)
FOR OBOE, TROMBONE, VIOLIN, CELLO, PERCUSSION AND PIANO

13 HEADSHOT (2013)
electronic music with video, fixed media

14 HOTEL DE L'ETOILE (2007)
VOICE (WORDLESS), PIANO

16 THE JIG IS UP (2016)
solo oboe, with string orchestra (vln 1,2; vla; vcl 1,2)

17 LATERAL (2012)
vln

18 Les Amoureux (2016)
video animation, electronic sound

19 LEVIATHAN (2016)
trombone, video, electronics

20 LEVIATHAN (2016)
video and electronic sound

21 MISCHSPRACHE (1986)
pf,tape

22 MORE VENERABLE CANONS (2015)
string quartet

23 MUSETTE (2016)
Bb clarinet, violin, cello

24 MUTE DANCE (2002)

25 NAMELESS (2007)
3 soprani, string quartet; plus alt fl., ob., guitar and mandolin

26 NOD, QUIET OX (1994)
oboe, piano

27 O MENSCH GIB ACHT (2011)
Mezzo-Soprano

28 ON CANNIBALS (1987)

29 OVIDIANA (1996)
8 SINGERS, OBOE/ENGLISH HORN, SOPRANO/BARITONE SAX, TRUMPET, PERCUSSION. VIOLIN, VIOLA. 'CELLO

30 PROSPECT RETROSPECT (2002)
pf,vc

31 PSALM 93 (2016)
Mezzo-soprano, violin, cello, piano

32 PSALTER (1991)
alto fl,eng hn,vn,va,vc,hp,pf

33 ROPE & CHASM (2011)
mezzo soprano, video projections

34 SIMPLICISSIMUS (2018)
Viola solo

35 SPHERICAL MUSIC (2002)
2 oboes, 1 or 2 percussion, strings 6 5 4 3 2

36 STANDUP (2013)
soprano, piano

37 TROMBA MARINA
solo viola (improvisation)

38 VAUDEVILLE (2018)
solo harpsichord

39 Vaudeville (2018) (2018)
harpsichord

40 VENERABLE CANONS (2007)
fl, vln

41 THE WAR BETWEEN THE MICE AND FROGS (2000)
solo cello

42 WEST ÖSTLICHES DIVAN (2010)
Soprano, 2 guitars

44 YOU CRACK ME UP (2013)
piano

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