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six

string sextet

 

EXCERPT- Solo I: Splat! (01:52)


music by Justine F. Chen
performed live by Concertante

 

program notes:

six was commissioned by the New York based virtuoso string group, Concertante.  When I was asked to write this piece, the prescription I was given specified the instrumentation (2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos), the duration (12-15 minutes), and that it feature each of the players.  Given the sheer virtuosity of this group, and the large number of players (large for a chamber work), my performing forces looked more like a tiny chamber orchestra, comprised of its own favoriti (soloists), than a large chamber group.  In this piece, I tried to negotiate solo virtuosity and group virtuosity.

total duration: 12 minutes

 

 

JUSTINE F. CHEN

COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST

2020 WINNER

OPERA America's Opera Grant for

Female Composers Seven Sisters

BREAKING NEWS:
So thrilled to find out that my music will be featured this summer at Merola Opera and at Bowdoin International Music Festival!!

A new short film opera with Jackie Goldfinger and Resonance Works is in the works!! Stay Tuned!


Stay tuned for an encore presentation of my "to belong" from  Melisa Tien's SWELL, hosted by Asian American Arts Alliance. June 22, 29, 2021 6-7:15 PM!

So thrilled to be showcased at OPERA America's BACKSTAGE BRUNCH on 4/17!!
 

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