Edward Green

Composer, Musicologist &
Aesthetic Realism Associate

Faculty:

Aesthetic Realism Foundation,

Manhattan School of Music

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—Current Projects—

I am now in the midst of composing a full-length ballet based on Milton's Paradise Lost, and have just been commissioned to write a Viola Concerto by The Orchestra of the Swan, in Stratford, England. Future projects include a string quartet with an accompanying video based on the work of the important Belgian graphic artist Frans Masereel. In terms of recordings, please read below about a full CD of my chamber music planned for release in 2018 by Bridge Records.

Project with Bridge Records

Dear Friends,

A little over a year ago, I wrote to many of you about an important opportunity that has come my way as a composer. I'd like to give an update, and also ask you to consider supporting the project financially. The support is tax-deductible, as I'll explain later.

Bridge Records is in the midst of recording a CD of my chamber music. This means a great deal to me, for while my compositions have appeared on several CDs in the past, and one work, Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, earned a 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, the Bridge CD would be the first dedicated entirely to my music.

As you likely know, the economics of contemporary concert music is daunting. No CD of new classical music is able to be produced now-a-days without substantial support, both from non-profit cultural foundations and from individual patrons of the arts. This is why I am reaching out to you.

Three works will be on the Bridge CD; two are already recorded: my Brass Quintet (winner of the 1995 International Kodaly Composer's Competition) and a Sextet for Alto Saxophone and Brass (premiered at the Kennedy Center, 2002). The piece still to be recorded is a Piano Sextet.

I am happy to tell you about the world-class musicians who will be recording the Sextet: pianist Joanne Polk, who performed it superbly when the work premiered at Manhattan School of Music in 2012; the Lark String Quartet, one of America's most highly esteemed chamber ensembles; and, completing the ensemble, Rachel Calin, who is well-known in musical circles for her passionate virtuosity on the contrabass.

The Sextet, like the other works on the Bridge CD, was inspired by my study of Aesthetic Realism and the grand philosophic principle at its center, stated by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism, with whom I had the honor to study:

“All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”

This education has been the joy of my life; the animating force behind my music; the reason I feel so deeply fortunate as a composer.

I just celebrated a birthday—on November 12, I turned 66—and my gratitude for my happy life is profound. As you likely know from earlier e-mails, or from online postings in social media, this last year has been particularly rich in encouraging news. I received a second appointment as a Fulbright Specialist in American Music, and plans are underway for me to do a scholarly and compositional residency in 2019 at several universities in Central Europe. This last year, likewise, I received a major commission from the Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford, England for a Viola Concerto. The soloist will be the great Paul Silversthorne. I had the opportunity to lecture about music and Aesthetic Realism at several academic institutions in the US, and also overseas—including in Zagreb, Lisbon, and Bologna. And quite recently I was honored by Orquesta del Congreso Nacional (Insituto Paraguayo de Musicologia) as winner of their "Carlos Lara Bareiro Prize for Instrumental Symphonic Composition." They will be premiering my Symphony in C in Asución in May.

Returning to the project-at-hand: there is an immediate need to raise funds to complete the next two phases: first, the recording of the Piano Sextet, and then the editing and mastering of all three works, followed by the various aspects of Post-Production. And it is a fact of life that the more foundations see support from the public, the more likely they are to be generous in turn. Hence my need to ask you, and other possible supporters, to make it possible for Bridge to meet its hoped-for-goal of releasing this CD in 2018.

A word about Bridge Records. It has an exceptional history: they have earned 30 Grammy nominations, three Grammy awards, four ASCAP "Deems Taylor Awards," as well as hundreds of awards and citations from publications and industry journals. It is an honor to be collaborating with them.

Your contribution, in other words, would be to a project of which I believe you can be proud. When I wrote my doctoral dissertation for NYU, this motto headed the Acknowledgements: "Gratitude is the memory of the heart."— Jean Baptiste Massieu (1742-1818). Should you feel it is right for me to mention your name in the linear notes as someone who helped make the CD possible, I would do so with a grateful heart. If you know of others who take an active interest in supporting the arts, whom you could inform about this project—or might tell me about so I could reach out to them directly—I'd be doubly grateful.

The not-for-profit 501(3c) foundation to whom contributions are to be made is New York Foundation for the Arts. The Foundation will send a letter of acknowledgment for your tax records. On-line donations can be made at:

https://www.nyfa.org/fstransaction/pay/20c9432f-9bb2-407d-a507-9db7fab234d8

It will say "Becky Starobin/Great Performances and More." That is the general NYFA site for Bridge Records. To insure that your contribution goes directly to this project, please write "The Chamber Music of Edward Green" in the "Leave a Note" window. If you'd rather send a check, it should be mailed to:

New York Foundation for the Arts
attn: Fiscal Sponsorship
20 Jay Street 7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

In this case, indicate the name of the project in the "Memo" portion of your check.

For amounts of $2500 or more, NYFA requests a brief note from the contributor. Becky Starobin of Bridge Records, the Coordinator for the project, told me it could be as simple as:

Please find enclosed a contribution for the New York Foundation for the Arts in the amount of $________. It is my wish that this contribution will be used to support the project of Bridge Records: "The Chamber Music of Edward Green."

And thank you so much for taking out the time to consider this request.

Sincerely and with all best wishes,
Ed Green

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