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After Many Days Without Rain by Patricia Julien

from Nights Transfigured by Aaron Larget-Caplan

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    Music of the New Lullaby Project, Volume One
    Fifteen 21st-century works for solo guitar.
    Commissioned, curated, and edited by Aaron Larget-Caplan
    Published by the American Composers Alliance in association with ALC Publishing

    CONTENTS
    3 Francine Trester – my darling’s slumber
    6 Agustín Castilla-Ávila – Perseiden
    10 Stephanie Ann Boyd – Esperanza
    15 Carson Cooman – Unfolding the Gates of Dawn
    18 Scott Wheeler – Nachtlied
    23 Alan Fletcher – Lullaby in Three Voices
    27 Thomas L. Read – The Moon Through The Window Shines Down
    31 Patricia Julien – After Many Days Without Rain
    34 Barnaby Oliver – The Pillow That You Dream On
    36 David Leisner – Disturbed, A Lullaby
    41 John McDonald – You Are Alone To Sleep
    45 David McMullin – Sleeping Light, Spinning World
    48 Vineet Shende – Reva’s Lullaby
    52 Eric Schwartz – Song Softly Sung, in Trying Times
    54 Demetrius Spaneas – A Child Sings at Thanksgiving

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    New Lullaby (2010) – Aaron Larget-Caplan
    Nights Transfigured (2020) – Aaron Larget-Caplan

    Curator's note (excerpt):

    The solos found in this first volume give an introduction to the more than 60 compositions written between 2006-2020 by over 50 composers from nine countries. Volume one contains compositions from Austria, Australia and the USA, and have lullabies inspired by composers’ children, song and the intimacy of singing to another, the end of night, poetry, longing for sleep, our troubled times, and of course, the melding of stars and moonbeams. On a theoretical level there are a variety of musical languages: tonal, 12-tone, contrapuntal, North Indian, First Nation, additive, minimalist, and quasi-improvisational. A few will stand out for their use of extended techniques, only three require scordatura, and harmonics abound!

    These compositions assert that the sonic boundaries of the guitar are only limited by the composer’s imagination and physical abilities of the player. Whether a student, amateur, or professional there is a lullaby for you.

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    Music of the New Lullaby Project, Volume Two
    Sixteen 21st-century works for solo guitar.
    Commissioned, curated, and edited by Aaron Larget-Caplan

    Published by the American Composers Alliance In association with ALC Music Publishing.

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    3 Francine Trester Lullaby for Our Time
    5 Anthony R. Green Counting Backwards
    9 Charles Turner White Potatoes
    12 Stefanie Lubkowski Drifting
    17 Garrett Ian Shatzer Lullaby for D---
    20 Ken Ueno Ed è Subito Sera
    26 Jim Dalton A World of Your Own
    30 Jacob Mashak Lulubye
    32 John McDonald Upward
    34 Martin Max Schreiner A Lullaby in Restless Times
    37 Thomas Schuttenhelm Wiegenlied (Cradle Song)
    40 Lynn Job The Sixth Night
    43 Jonathan Feist No Time & Leaky Roof
    47 Nolan Stolz Lullaby for Sam
    50 Roger Éon Berceuse

    Comments
    There are lullabies born from a poem (Dalton/Shatzer/Ueno), a story (Éon), and from a musical (Turner). There is Adam and Eve’s first lullaby (Job), one written during a lecture (McDonald), and another was inspired by a leaky roof (Feist). Some soothe us steadily (Schuttenhelm), while we drift between worlds as our heads nod off (Lubkowski/Green). A couple acknowledge the struggles of our time (Schreiner/Trester), and others offer touches of love and hope (Feist/Stolz). Some lullabies reflect humanity, others testify to a memory and affirmation of a time passed by, while a gorgeous 12-tone lullaby (Mashak) sits quietly to be discovered.

    Though they lean tonal, the compositional languages vary greatly. Except for a few pieces, the tuning remains mostly standard, but one does asks that you tune on the fly. There are string pulls and some technical challenges, but don’t worry, harmonics of all types abound. My hope is that you will create your own relationships with the music, so I have not added fingerings. Those that do include fingerings or string directions are by the composer.

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    New Lullaby
    The Legend of Hagoromo (Ueno)
    Nights Transfigured
    Drifting

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I was captivated by Aaron’s evocative descriptions of lullabies in the New Lullaby Project and what they portend as they usher a listener to sleep. Aaron also was extraordinarily welcoming in his expansive ideas about what can be embraced in the musical idea of lullaby. In 2011, I chose to write a twelve-tone lullaby in 5/4 meter, though, neither feature is particularly evident when hearing this work. The lilting nature of 5/4 is brought to the surface in just a few places, and my overall approach to serial procedures permits immediate repetition of not just single pitch classes but small cells of notes, in order. My inspiration for this piece is connected to how physical sleep can be, especially intensified when one needs sleep. The lack of sleep, with the feeling of sandpaper eyes and powerful physical sense of need, strikes me as a lot like thirst. Sleep is like thirst quenched. The title is based on the idea that the earth is sometimes greedy for rain and that rain (like sleep) can be necessary for physical repair. The relationship for me is also present in the idea of sinking into sleep and rain soaking into the ground. These are deep, downward, weighty gestures. The piece is written in two voices (twinning sleep and rain). It begins with row forms that are incomplete but toward the middle of the piece, begins to offer complete statements of the row forms earlier left wanting. This lullaby is meant to send the listener into the relief of sleep, the satisfaction of the need for sleep.
Premiered at the University of Vermont Burlington on September 29, 2011
Score available in the anthology Nights Transfigured (ACA), Volume One

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from Nights Transfigured, released November 6, 2020
Recorded by Aaron Larget-Caplan

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Aaron Larget-Caplan Boston, Massachusetts

Aaron Larget-Caplan – has premiered over 85 compositions, and directs and curates the New Lullaby Project and ¡Con Fuego!
His arrangements and recording of the music of JOHN CAGE are issued by Edition Peters and Stone Records are the first to be sanctioned by the estate.
He has 8 solo albums, and the first of his own compositions ‘honey cadence’ was released in April 2022.
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