Faculty Composer's Works Hailed Internationally


NIU School of Music professor of composition Robert Fleisher’s Two Movements for cello were included in the August 8 edition of  “Avant-garde and Beyond,” a program broadcast from radio station CJSR at the
University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The weekly program is streamed live, and can be heard worldwide—in the Chicago area,  from 10:05 to 12 noon, each Thursday, by clicking on “listen live” at www.cjsr.com.

Dr. Fleisher was also one of several dozen composers to participate in this year’s Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (August 13-17), an annual international conference, which this year included composers from Japan, Germany, France, England, Italy, and Sweden, as well as Canada and the United States. His Loretto Alfresco (premiered during the 2009 New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival) was selected from approximately 250 submitted works. Loretto Alfresco received two  different performances at the TES, one in 2-channel stereo, the other employing a multi-speaker arrangement.  

Loretto Alfresco is an example of musique concrète composition—i.e. a type of electroacoustic composition that records and manipulates natural (acoustic) sound sources—in this case primarily the sounds of pots, pans, pipes and other objects. The work was recorded outdoors, under a tree on a Wisconsin farm. Reviewing a performance during the 2010 American Composers Alliance festival, Allan Kozinn wrote in the New York Times: “Loretto Alfresco is endearingly low-tech: its sounds are drawn entirely from recordings of a friend striking pots, pans and other items, which Mr. Fleisher sped up . . . and overlaid to create a rich, tactile texture.”

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